Public input sought for SoonerCare work requirements

Posted on: 8/15/18

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) invites comments and input from the public through Sept. 3 regarding changes to the SoonerCare Choice and Insure Oklahoma 1115(a) Demonstration Waiver programs’ work and community engagement requirements.

A series of public community meetings has been scheduled across the state to provide opportunity for anyone who would like to offer comment or suggestions on the proposal:

Aug. 16, 3 p.m. – Comanche County Health Department, 1010 S.W. Sheridan Rd., Lawton

Aug. 17, 3 p.m. – Norman Regional - Porter Campus, Education Center, rooms ABC, 901 N. Porter Ave., Norman

Aug. 21, 1:30 p.m. – Variety Care - Lafayette Clinic, 500 S.W. 44th St., Oklahoma City

Aug. 23, 3 p.m. – Northwestern Oklahoma State University, room 131, 2929 E. Randolph Ave., Enid   

Aug. 24, 10 a.m. – Eastern Oklahoma State College - McAlester Campus, 1802 College Ave., McAlester

Aug. 24, 2 p.m. – Kiamichi Technology Center - Poteau Campus, 1509 S. McKenna St., Poteau  

Aug. 27, 3 p.m. – James O. Goodwin Health Center, 5051 S. 129th E. Ave, Tulsa

After Gov. Mary Fallin signed an executive order in March 2018 and the Legislature passed HB 2932, the OHCA was directed to pursue modifications to Medicaid eligibility criteria so that SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid) coverage for certain Medicaid populations is conditional upon documentation of certain education, skills training, work, or job activities.

The OHCA will have to apply for a waiver amendment from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and receive approval in order to implement the work/community engagement requirements.

The public can also submit comments online at the OHCA Policy Change Blog.

To learn more about the impact of this Medicaid proposal on low-income families and how you can submit a public comment, visit the Oklahoma Policy Institute’s advocacy alert page. (Rick Snyder)

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