SQ 802 signature campaign in full force; toolkit available

Posted on: 9/6/19

OHA regional meetings on SQ 802 (Medicaid expansion) concluded this week with the final meeting in the southeast region. The purpose of the regional meetings was to arm hospital administrators with materials to assist with messaging in the hospital and community around the importance of Medicaid expansion.

Participants received a complete toolkit of helpful materials, which can now be found here. If you do not remember your member password to access this area of our website, please contact Mia Johnston at mia@okoha.com.  

In addition, financial impact statements of Medicaid expansion on the hospital level were provided. If you were not in attendance to receive your hospital impact statement, please contact Rick Snyder, rsnyder@okoha.com, or Patti Davis, davis@okoha.com, for an explanation of the five-year projections that were provided by the Leavitt Group.

We need all hospitals involved in getting registered voter signatures to put SQ 802 on the ballot. It is not too late to participate in this most important petition drive. OHA staff is available to provide petition circulation training to CEOs or hospital staff assigned by the CEO to coordinate this effort. Once a person is trained to circulate the petition, they may train others. Training takes only about 15 to 20 minutes. 
  • Training does not have to be in person. OHA staff has conducted training sessions by conference call.  
  • OHA has a supply of petitions on hand and we will arrange to deliver the petitions to you or your designee either in person or by Fed-Ex.
  • Remember, the petitions are legal documents and cannot be reproduced as each individual petition has a bar code identifying number in sequence.
  • In addition, www.YesOn802.org details training events on Sept. 10 at the following locations: Tahlequah, Durant, Ponca City, Alva and Elk City. More information is on the YesOn802 website.
If you are interested in participating in this important effort, please contact Lynne White, VP/government relations, at lwhite@okoha.com or Shelly Bush, education & government relations assistant, at bush@okoha.com, to make arrangements for training and petition circulation.

More than 178,000 valid signatures must be turned in to the Oklahoma Secretary of State by Oct. 28. In order to adequately verify the signatures are from registered voters, the petitions must be turned in by Oct. 5 to the SQ 802 campaign staff in locations across the state or to OHA. September is the month that matters most in gathering these signatures and we need a strong showing from OHA member hospitals. We have heard from hospitals that are already participating in this important petition drive that the people are ready to let the voters decide to bring back much needed federal funds for health care. We are counting on you to be involved! (Patti Davis)