New Health Care Bill Could Put Rural Oklahoma Hospitals in Jeopardy - Drew Edmondson for Governor New Health Care Bill Could Put Rural Oklahoma Hospitals in Jeopardy - Drew Edmondson for Governor

New Health Care Bill Could Put Rural Oklahoma Hospitals in Jeopardy

Some people have spoken out against a proposal to cut Medicaid funding, and a former Oklahoma attorney general has even started a petition against it.

Drew Edmondson said the new health care plan would significantly cut Medicaid funding, and many Oklahoma hospitals, especially rural ones, would be in danger of closing.

“It would have a potentially devastating impact on people and children who rely on Medicaid for their coverage,” Edmondson said.

If the new health care plan passes, it would mean Medicaid funding would be cut in Oklahoma, and hospitals would get back less money in reimbursements, Edmondson said. Right now, 80 percent of rural hospitals in Oklahoma are barely making ends meet, which means many would be at risk of closing.

“If a rural hospital does close, it could mean that the people in the community would have to travel 100 miles for emergency medical care, and that puts a life at risk,” he said.

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