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New campaign seeks to put Medicaid expansion up for a vote

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 11:28:43-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A statewide coalition has launched a campaign to put the issue of expanding Medicaid coverage to thousands of uninsured Oklahoma residents before voters.

The Oklahoman reports that a group of medical professionals, patients, business leaders, nonprofits and health care advocates launched the Oklahomans Decide Healthcare campaign on Wednesday.

The coalition's spokeswoman, Amber England, says they support a plan for Oklahoma to obtain about $1 billion annually in federal dollars to expand the state's Medicaid program to as many as 200,000 residents. The group would need to collect nearly 178,000 voter signatures to put the issue on the November 2020 ballot.

A conservative think tank is challenging an initiative petition to put Medicaid expansion up for a vote. The Oklahoma Supreme Court will hear arguments on the issue next week.

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