Press Release

May 26, 2017

OHCA Contacts: Jo Stainsby - (405) 522-7474, Cate Jeffries - (405) 522-5616

Statement on State Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriation

"We are grateful to legislative leadership for prioritizing SoonerCare in the state fiscal year 2018 budget. SoonerCare is vital to the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Oklahomans who rely on the program for their health coverage needs.

Throughout this year's budget process, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) heard about the importance of maintaining the program's current service levels from members, providers and health care leaders. The OHCA will continue to monitor its financial obligations and work diligently to reduce any future impact of this situation on SoonerCare members and providers. We intend to protect the program's benefits and rates by drawing on all other financial resources to meet the budget gap. Reductions to benefits and provider rates will only be considered as a last resort."

 -- Becky Pasternik-Ikard, Chief Executive Officer


The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) administers two health programs for the state. The first is SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. SoonerCare works to improve the health of qualified Oklahomans by ensuring that medically necessary benefits and services are available. Qualifying Oklahomans include certain low-income children, seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical cancer and those seeking family planning services. The second program OHCA operates is Insure Oklahoma, which assists qualifying adults and small business employees in obtaining health care coverage for themselves and their families. Currently, there are 842,158 Oklahomans enrolled in OHCA’s programs.   The agency contracts with a state-wide network of 45,702 providers. For more information, visit or