The state Health Care Authority picked four companies to run the program that affects about a quarter of the state. The Oklahoma Supreme Court says that decision is not constitutional.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court voted 6-3 against the state, saying it did not have the authority to outsource the program.
“The idea was that the governor believes that private insurance companies would do a better job of managing the Medicaid system than our state agency would,” said Steven Crawford, who practices medicine in Oklahoma.
The analysis portion of the opinion saying, “we agree with the Petitioners’ assertion that the Legislature has not authorized the creation of the SoonerSelect Program.”