Extend Coverage to More Oklahomans
The Chamber supports extending health insurance coverage to more Oklahoma residents, through pursuit of all available funds, to cover the costs of uncompensated care that is currently shifted to employers and health care providers.
The Chamber supports the State of Oklahoma’s efforts to preserve Insure Oklahoma through securing a multiyear waiver from the federal government. The Chamber further supports broadening Insure Oklahoma to provide health insurance coverage to more of the state’s uninsured.
Care Coordination Model
The Chamber supports efforts by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to implement “Care Coordination” models designed to provide access to more efficient, less costly, higher-quality health care for the state’s high-risk, vulnerable aged, blind and disabled population.
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 opposes new health insurance mandates and liability that will undermine an employer’s ability to provide quality health insurance at reasonable cost to employees.
The Chamber further opposes new mandates being placed on physicians, hospitals and providers that will increase the cost of providing quality health care in Oklahoma.
Physician Shortage/Rural Access
The Chamber supports the following initiatives to address health care disparities: 1) incentivizing the recruitment and retention of primary care physicians and allied health professionals in rural and underserved areas; 2) expanding residency programs in the state’s medical schools; and 3) developing high school programs to encourage medical careers. The Chamber supports efforts to identify new funding streams dedicated to these initiatives.
The Chamber also supports the expansion of technology platforms (such as telemedicine and telehealth) to address the physician shortage and limited access to health care in rural Oklahoma.
Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET)
The Chamber supports the constitutional provisions of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) to support the public health of Oklahomans.
Uncompensated Care Pool
The Chamber supports adequate funding for the state’s Uncompensated Care Pool which allows federally qualified health centers to be paid for providing quality health care to underserved Oklahomans.
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 initiatives including wellness and disease prevention and cure programs that serve to improve the physical, behavioral and mental health of Oklahoma citizens such as: the Oklahoma State Innovation Model; the Oklahoma State Health Innovation Plan; the new five-year Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan supported through the State Department of Health; tobacco prevention programs; studies of the potential health effects of e-cigarettes; public outreach initiatives; efforts to address health disparities; and workplace and school-based wellness, health education and healthy eating programs.
Prevention of Disease
The Chamber recognizes the detrimental impact of chronic and communicable diseases on the quality of life for Oklahoma’s citizens and the severe economic costs they impose on health care providers and employers. Therefore, the Chamber will support efforts by the state’s elected officials and medical and research communities to develop avenues to successfully prevent and combat chronic and communicable diseases.
Penalties for Sale of Over-the-Counter Drugs
The Chamber will oppose measures that would limit access to the sale of legal over-the-counter products.
Prescription Drug Abuse
The Chamber acknowledges prescription drug abuse is a crisis facing Oklahoma and supports collaborative efforts by stakeholders to address this issue that can lead to death and negatively impact quality of life, health care costs and employers.
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.