Cuts in SoonerCare that were suggested earlier around happen to be canceled, per a comment in the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority (OHCA) on Friday.
SoonerCare is Oklahoma’s State medicaid programs, covering nearly 900,000 Oklahomans including 600,000 children. It’s a program presented to individuals with financial need, however the OHCA was facing financial necessity of its very own. The OHCA had already taken several measures to compensate for $70 million in budget reduction, however that would lead to decrease in services beginning in 2018.
On 12 ,. 1, the OHCA board had approved across-the-board provider rate reductions of 6 % and 1 % for assisted living facilities in addition to eliminating Medicare crossover coinsurance and deductible payments for assisted living facilities to work Jan. 1. These actions were come to help cover the rest of the $70 million base reduction.
However, throughout a second special session from the Oklahoma condition Legislature, lawmakers passed yet another appropriation supplying the company with $17.seven million. Coupled with $22.8 million approved by Gov. Mary Fallin, OHCA identified enough funds to function until April 2018.
“We’re grateful to condition leadership for ongoing to operate toward a strategy to safeguard our providers and also the State medicaid programs program. The OHCA has lengthy held dedication to the providers to pay for rates that ensure access to look after our SoonerCare people. The extra appropriation we received enables us to carry on that mission,” stated OHCA Chief executive officer Becky Pasternik-Ikard.