State Policy

Oklahoma Primary Care Association advocates for policies that foster access to affordable, community-based health care for all Oklahomans. In Oklahoma, where 100% of the state’s 77 counties are entirely or partially designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), ensuring that all Oklahomans have access to care is critical.  Community health centers are the solution to so many of Oklahoma’s health care problems, whether it’s the opioid crisis, provider shortage, or lack of access for the uninsured. CHCs are here to help.

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State Updates

  • Legislature Adjourns Session

    The Oklahoma House and Senate adjourned sine die this week, bringing an official close to the 2018 regular session. The Governor signed the general appropriations bill that was sent to her by the Legislature last week. This week, the Legislature approved HB2987, which would allow the Physician Manpower Training Commission to offer loan repayment for physician assistants practicing in rural or underserved areas in Oklahoma.The Legislature also sent HB2932 to the Governor. The bill direc...  Read More...

  • OKPCA Legislative Day at the Capitol

    Thank you to everyone who attended OKPCA's Legislative Day at the Capitol Thursday! OKPCA presented awards to Senator AJ Griffin, Representative Forrest Bennett, and Representative Chad Caldwell for their support of community health centers.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma Community Health Centers

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  • 2017 Legislative Summary

    Read OKPCA's summary of the 1st Session of the 56th Oklahoma State Legislature!   Read More...

  • VOTE YES - HB 2372

    VOTE YES ON HB 2372! Support a $1.50 cigarette tax increase in order to save lives and raise revenue for critically underfunded health care services in Oklahoma. Oklahoma continues to have one of the highest rates of adult smokers in the nation. It is the number one cause of preventable death in our state and claims thousands of lives each year.   Read More...

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Federal Policy

Community health centers have enjoyed bipartisan support for decades. Both cost-effective and mission-driven, CHCs are championed by both parties as a model for nationwide health care transformation. View OKPCA’s federal policy priorities to learn more about how you can advocate for community-based solutions!

 


Federal Updates

  • 2018 National Health Center Week

    National Health Center Week is August 12-18. NHCW is an annual celebration to raise awareness about the work and achievements of America’s Community Health Centers over the last several decades.Health Centers serve 27 million patients, including over 220,000 Oklahomans. Community Health Centers produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities and reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social determinants of health affect...  Read More...

  • Congress Passes Funding for Health Centers

    In a late-night turned early-morning vote, Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that increases funding for community health centers. Last month, Congress fixed the funding cliff by extending and increasing the mandatory side of health center funding. Last month's HR 1892 provided an additional $200 million for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget compared to FY 2017 and $400 million more for the FY 2019 budget compared to FY2017.   Read More...

  • National Health Center Week, August 13-19

    Countdown to the Launch of National Health Center Week 2017 Begins National Campaign Celebrates the Key to Healthier CommunitiesCommunity Health Centers across the country will soon celebrate National Health Center Week (NHCW), which runs August 13 -19. The goal of NHCW is to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, Community Health Centers ...  Read More...

  • Senate Efforts to Repeal ACA Fail

    Overnight, the Senate voted down a version of the health care bill known as the "skinny repeal," the Health Care Freedom Act, that was thought to be one of the most viable options to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Senator John McCain cast the deciding vote after expressing concerns the bill would be immediately passed by the House without a bicameral conference committee.Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate voted down multiple versions of bills designed to repeal the ACA, including a "repea...  Read More...

  • Future of Senate Health Care Repeal Effort Uncertain

    After failing to garner the number of votes needed to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday he would instead pursue a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2015, senators voted to repeal the ACA when it was clear it would be vetoed by then President Obama. This week, three senators came out in opposition to the repeal plan.   Read More...

  • Senate Health Care Bill Jeopardizes Oklahoma Health Centers

    Go to OKPCA's Action Center to let your senators where you stand on health care reform.   Read More...

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Health Centers in the News

Community Health Centers serve Oklahomans all across the state. Read more about the work they're doing.

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