Health Care Priorities

2018 Health Care Priorities

STATE ISSUES

Health Insurance Coverage for Oklahomans:

The Chamber supports:

  • Extending Health Insurance 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.
  • Preserving and Broadening Insure Oklahoma
    The Chamber supports the State of Oklahoma’s efforts to work with the Trump administration to preserve Insure Oklahoma through securing a multi-year waiver from the federal government.  The Chamber further supports broadening Insure Oklahoma to provide health insurance coverage to more of the state’s uninsured.

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.

Mandates
The Chamber opposes new health insurance mandates and liabilities 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.

Sales Tax on Health Care Services
The Chamber opposes the imposition of a sales tax on health care services, including home health care. 

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, specialty physicians and allied health professionals in rural and underserved areas; 2) expanding residency programs for 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 appropriate expansion of technology platforms (such as telemedicine and telehealth) and data platforms to enhance access to health care for underserved Oklahomans. 

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 so they can continue to provide quality health care to underserved Oklahomans.

Health Care Funding  
The Chamber supports protecting health care revenue, including revenue in health care revolving funds, from being diverted to fund other areas of government. 

Wellness/Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan
The Chamber supports the following state initiatives including wellness, disease prevention and care programs that serve to improve the physical, behavioral and mental health of Oklahoma citizens: The Oklahoma State Health Innovation Plan, the five-year Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) supported through the State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (supported through the Oklahoma Health Care Authority), the Oklahoma City-County Wellness Now and OHIP Plan, 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.

Competitive Markets for Vision Care
The Chamber will support efforts to improve the availability of vision care in Oklahoma by eliminating artificial barriers to entry into the eye hardware market. 

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 congenital, chronic, pandemic and communicable diseases.

Substance Abuse
The Chamber acknowledges substance 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.

FEDERAL ISSUES

Single-Payer Health Care
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.

Employer-Driven Market Reforms
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 market stability, efficiency, wellness and quality of care.

Medicaid Cuts
The Chamber opposes Medicaid cuts that would place increased pressure on reimbursement rates, negatively impact the adequate delivery of critical services to the most vulnerable, exacerbate an already high administrative burden for health care businesses and imperil workforce training programs. 

 

For more information, please contact a member of our Government Relations staff.

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