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Fallin Says No Plan to Revisit Medicaid Rejection

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin says she has no plans to revisit her decision to reject an expansion of Medicaid in Oklahoma, saying instead she wants the federal government to give Oklahoma the flexibility to develop its own plan for improving the health of the state.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Fallin reiterated her position that the Medicaid expansion would ultimately prove too costly to the state.

Fallin says most poor health outcomes in Oklahoma are connected to preventable illnesses related to things like smoking, lack of exercise and a poor diet and that she endorses a health care plan that targets those behaviors.

Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage says Fallin's idea sounds good "in theory," but that it's difficult to get Oklahomans to break those unhealthy habits.

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