The Chamber supports broadening Insure Oklahoma to provide health insurance to more of the state’s uninsured. To ensure the continuation and success of this program, pursuit of all available funds should be considered to reduce the costs of uncompensated care that are currently shifted onto health care providers, employers and individuals.
Additionally, the Chamber supports efforts by Oklahoma’s leaders to develop an Oklahoma Plan to extend health insurance coverage to more Oklahomans.
The Chamber opposes new health insurance mandates and liability that will undermine an employer’s ability to provide quality health insurance at reasonable cost to employees.
Research and Development
The Chamber will support efforts to foster an environment that is conducive to further research and will oppose efforts to unreasonably restrict the continued development of the state’s bioscience and research programs.
The Chamber supports providing incentives to recruit and retain Primary Care Physicians and Allied Health Professionals in Oklahoma, especially in rural and underserved areas, through expansion of residency programs in the state’s medical schools, scholarships, loan forgiveness and other incentives. The Chamber further supports efforts to identify new funding streams dedicated to this initiative.
The Chamber also supports the expansion of Telemedicine as a means of addressing the physician shortage and issue of limited health care access in rural Oklahoma.
Any Willing Provider
The Chamber opposes “any willing provider” legislation which would eliminate the incentive for medical providers to contract with managed care networks and, as a result, potentially frustrate efforts at cost and quality control and ultimately deny consumers the benefits of cost-reducing arrangements with providers.
Wellness/Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan
The Chamber supports state wellness and disease prevention programs that serve to improve the physical and mental health of Oklahoma citizens such as the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan supported through the State Department of Health, Outreach initiatives, as well as workplace and school-based wellness programs.
The Chamber will oppose measures that would restrict an employer from banning the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace.
Penalties for Sale of Over-the-Counter Products
The Chamber will oppose measures that would limit access to the sale of legal over-the-counter products.
The Chamber supports improving health care quality, access and affordability without imposing new mandates and/or taxes on business. Therefore, the Chamber opposes a single-payer government-run/public option or health care system with government mandates.
The Chamber believes that employers drive innovation in health benefits and that market-driven health reforms are the best approach to reducing costs while promoting efficiency, wellness and quality of care.
For more information, please contact a member of our Government Relations staff.