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Plan to privatize Oklahoma Medicaid program is stalled

 


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to privatize Oklahoma's Medicaid program has stalled because of a lack of funds.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has canceled bids from companies seeking to manage services for the elderly, blind and disabled.

OHCA CEO Becky Pasternik-Ikard told The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2rtwKnT ) that the agency asked for about $52 million to pay for the model program and the request was not funded.

Under the proposed program, for-profit companies pay medical and related costs while receiving payments from the state.

Delaying the program drew support from many lawmakers...



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