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Feds Grant 1-Year Waiver For Insure Okla. Program

By SEAN MURPHY
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin says the federal government will let the state operate its Insure Oklahoma health care plan for another year to buy state leaders more time to consider an alternative plan to provide coverage to the working poor.

Fallin announced the extension on Friday, calling it a "great win for the people of Oklahoma."

The program was scheduled to cease operating at the end of the year because federal officials expected many of the recipients to be eligible for Medicaid expansion. But Fallin rejected that expansion amid pressure from the right wing of the Republican Party.

Republican legislators favor Insure Oklahoma program over Medicaid expansion because individuals pay modest co-pays, with the rest of the premiums covered by employer payments in some cases, and state and federal funds.

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