Still No Date Set For Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative

Feb 5, 2020

Supporters of a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid are still waiting on a date for the vote.

More than 300,000 signatures were submitted in October 2019 to put the issue of Medicaid Expansion before the voters, but Governor Kevin Stitt still hasn’t set a date.

Yes on 802 spokesperson Amber England points out that Stitt went to Washington D.C. instead to unveil a plan to get Medicaid block grants from the federal government.

“While I’m certain the governor has the best of intentions, his plan is likely to be tied up in court for years to come, and there’s really no certainty that this can actually become law," England said. "I think what Oklahomans want right now is the opportunity to vote on State Question 802.”

England says the governor is constitutionally required to set an election date, so she hopes he will make the decision soon. She also says hundreds of Oklahomans have been reaching out to the governor’s office trying to get him to set a date for the state question.

Supporters say the measure would be protected from interference by politicians while delivering coverage to 200,000 Oklahomans and keeping rural hospitals from closing.