Republican legislators vote to fund Stitt’s Medicaid expansion

With the vote on a state question to expand Medicaid looming, Oklahoma’s GOP-controlled Legislature passed legislation to fund Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Medicaid expansion plan.

Republicans in the House passed Friday a bill to increase a fee on some Oklahoma hospitals to bring in about $134 million to pay for most of the state’s share of Medicaid expansion.

By a vote of 70-10, the House passed Senate Bill 1046 to raise the Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program (SHOPP) up to its ceiling of 4%.

Enacted in the 2011, the program assesses a fee on annual net patient revenue at 65 Oklahoma hospitals. The fee that is adjusted annually currently sits at 2.3%.

Oklahoma Hospital Association President Patti Davis said current economic conditions make it imperative to expand Medicaid as soon as possible.

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