If the 25% Medicaid provider rate cuts go into effect on June 1, Oklahoma's healthcare system could crumble. Senior citizens would be evicted from nursing homes forced to close; pregnant mothers would be turned away from hospitals that no longer have obstetrics units; uninsured young adults would have difficulty accesing primary care.
There are other ways to raise revenue, so why do we support the cigarette tax increase in HB 3210?
- HB 3210 has a chance. At this point in the legislative session, other options for restoring provider rates and the health center uncompensated care fund are slim. Our healthcare system cannot wait until a vote of the people in November.
The time is now to act responsibly and selflessly to ensure that Oklahomans across the state have access to affordable care. We can forestall devastating cuts by raising the tax on cigarettes by $1.50. VOTE YES ON HB 3210 to vote for a healthier Oklahoma.
This fact sheet from the Oklahoma State Department of Health also addresses some of the myths of the cigarette tax--read more!
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Posted on Tue, May 17, 2016
by Cassidy Heit