Action needed to expand health care coverage

SB 605, a bill which would expand access to health coverage, passed out of committee last week on a unanimous, bipartisan vote and has now been assigned to the full Senate Appropriations Committee. Unfortunately, it has not been brought up for a vote and is not on the agenda to be heard. The deadline for bills to make it out of committee is this Thursday.

Please contact Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee Roger Thompson and ask that this bill be heard. Also contact your own legislators to voice your support for this legislation.

Sen. Greg Treat    405-521-5632
Sen. Roger Thompson    405-521-5588

If Oklahoma accepts federal dollars to expand access to insurance:

  • More than 100,000 Oklahomans, mostly low-income working adults, will get to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and get regular treatment for a mental illness or addiction
  • Fewer Oklahoma families will be at risk of financial ruin due to a single health care emergency or a chronic medical condition
  • Dozens of rural hospitals and other struggling health care providers will be on more stable financial footing
  • Learn more about expanding access to health insurance here.

For more information on the legislative session and key deadlines, visit our legislative primer.

Published by Sabine Brown

Sabine Brown joined the Oklahoma Policy Institute as Housing Senior Policy Analyst in January 2022. She previously worked at OK Policy from January 2018 until September 2020 as the Outreach and Legislative Director, and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. Before joining OK Policy she served as the Oklahoma Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Sabine also earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Health Science from the University of Oklahoma and was a physician assistant prior to discovering advocacy work. She grew up in Germany but has called Oklahoma home since 1998.