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Senate Committee Hears Oklahoma SoonerCare Overview

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Members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard an overview Monday of Oklahoma’s Medicaid program.

Chairman Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, said the overview would provide lawmakers a better understanding of where the program stands going into the next legislative session.

Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, most commonly referred to as SoonerCare, is managed by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

Carter Kimble, director of government relations for OHCA, said Monday the program has seen a boost in enrollment in recent years but displaced the common misconception that SoonerCare is comprised of non-working adults. “The idea that there is 800 some odd thousand non-working adults in SoonerCare is not the case,” 

In a July report, SoonerCare reported that over 19% of enrollees are blind, disabled or aged. Children under 18 represent over 64% of enrollees and people over 65 are 7% of enrollees. 65% are Caucasian. 

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