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By Ray Carter
Director, Center for Independent Journalism 

Medicaid expansion may consume tobacco funds


March 15, 2020

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s decision to unilaterally expand Oklahoma’s Medicaid program to include able-bodied adults has left lawmakers scrambling to fund the program. A measure that would redirect Oklahoma’s tobacco-settlement funds to Medicaid is one proposal that has now gained approval in the Oklahoma Senate.

“The purpose of me doing this, members, is to help pay for the expansion population that will be coming into the Medicaid system,” said Sen. Kim David, R-Porter.

Senate Joint Resolution 27, by David, would allow Oklahoma voters to amend the state constitution so that 75 percent o...

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