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Nearly 100,000 Newly-Eligible Oklahomans Have Enrolled In Medicaid During First Week Of Expansion

Jackie Fortier / StateImpact Oklahoma
A registered voter signs the petition to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot in Oklahoma in 2019.

More than a decade after the Affordable Care Act's passage made it possible, Oklahoma opted into Medicaid expansion last summer when voters passed State Question 802.

Enrollment opened last week. In the seven days since, 98,079 working adults have submitted applications and qualified for SoonerCare, the state's Medicaid program.

Oklahoma Health Care Authority projections estimated a total of more than 200,000 working adults who were previously ineligible for SoonerCare now qualify.

Under the expansion, adults aged 19-64 whose income is 138 percent of the federal poverty level or lower now qualify for Medicaid. Income eligibility levels are at an estimated annual income of $17,796 for an individual or $36,588 for a family of four.

Coverage begins July 1 for those who are accepted. For eligibility information and to apply, visit www.mysoonercare.org.

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Catherine Sweeney reports for StateImpact Oklahoma, focusing on health.
Ryan LaCroix is the Director of Content and Audience Development for KOSU.
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