CNA Staff, Jun 9, 2020 / 15:51 pm
The Catholic bishops of Oklahoma have voiced support for a ballot measure that would expand Medicaid in the state.
"Our state's SoonerCare program currently provides critical health coverage to Oklahoma's most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly, the disabled, pregnant women and children," the bishops said in a statement this week. "This program plays a vital role in sustaining the health care delivery system in our state, particularly in rural areas where access to quality health care is increasingly unavailable."
"However, based on the clients we help through the work of Catholic Charities and with patients seeking care at our Catholic hospitals, it is apparent that access to affordable health care coverage - which is so necessary for human flourishing - is becoming less available over time," they continued.
Oklahoma remains one of 14 states that has not yet expanded its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.