Governor of the State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R)

Oklahoma continues to wait on hearing a decision regarding healthcare nullification in the state. Governor Mary Fallin was expected to make a statement Friday regarding Oklahoma’s decision on whether or not to establish a healthcare exchange, as required by the Affordable Healthcare Act. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for states to declare whether they intend to set up an exchange to December 14.

Tulsa World Newspaper reported that the Governor’s office has received more than 1,000 phone calls regarding the issue, and that most of the callers were against setting up an exchange.

Some states have already announced their decisions to not participate in the government healthcare reform often referred to as “Obamacare,” including Texas, which has refused to accept any federal funds, set up a healthcare exchange, or expand its Medicaid program. A healthcare exchange is essentially an online marketplace where insurance buyers can shop and compare plans, including the government plan. Florida has even returned money it had previously accepted when Rick Scott became the state’s governor. At least six states in total have specifically nullified the Affordable Healthcare Act with legislation, while others have simply not set up a state exchange.

In Oklahoma, however, despite a majority of the state’s residents opposing compliance with the new healthcare laws, Republican Governor Fallin had accepted the federal funds originally, but was forced to return the money when the state legislature did not create the legal structure for the state exchange.

Regardless of which way the decision goes, it will have to be made by the 14th of December in order to comply with the federal deadline, unless the deadline is extended again. Oklahomans may call the Governor’s office to state their position on the matter at 405-521-2342.