Issue Statement

December 15, 2015

OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474,  Jennie Melendez- (405) 522-7404   

OHCA responds to potential state revenue failure

In response to the proposed revenue failure for the current fiscal year, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority has been actively preparing for such a scenario. As early as September, we have been leading discussions with our board about the realistic situation of our state economy. Our board approved a three percent rate cut to our providers this past Thursday. This action was pursued in anticipation of the state’s continued decline in revenue, and as a means for us to enter State Fiscal Year (SFY) 17 with a zero percent increase in the agency's appropriations request. Although we do recognize that today’s announcement positions us for deeper cuts in SFY17.

That said, until the Board of Equalization meets and votes on Monday and a specific dollar amount is shared with us, it is too early for us to know how we will proceed. Most importantly, we will remember behind the number are real people who need help and these dollars are tied to access essential health care services provided to more than one million Oklahomans each year.

 

-CEO Nico Gomez