Oklahoma Legislature Ends Deadline Week Early

The deadline week to consider measures from the opposite house on the floor ended early with the House and Senate concluding work Wednesday rather than Thursday.  This week, the Legislature passed several pieces of legislation of interest.  Some examples, among many others, include the Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program (HB1381), a multi-state health care compact bill (SB722), and an immigration-related measure (HB1446).  The hospital provider fee bill goes back to the House for consideration of Senate amendments, and the immigration bill was passed with the title stricken and is expected to head to conference committee.  Also, following an April 14th announcement to reject a $54M Federal Early Innovator Grant to develop a state health insurance exchange, another measure, SB971, was filed in the Senate Wednesday to introduce the Health Insurance Private Enterprise Network construct.  This measure would establish a public trust for the network, and the bill is expected to include the minimum criteria necessary to comply with Federal health insurance exchange components and avoid the Federal government establishing an insurance exchange structure in Oklahoma.

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