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Medicaid co-pay goes up as federal funding decreases

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LAWTON, Okla._Oklahomans who have Medicaid will now see an increase in their co-pay due to the decrease in federal funding.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority voted in favor of the increase in a recent board meeting. The increase will cause co-payments to rise one dollar, from three dollars to four dollars.

The budget cuts are hurting people all across the board. Comanche County Memorial Hospital CEO Randy Segler is frustrated because this isn't the first time they've experienced this. He'd heard about the cuts a few months ago, but there was nothing they could do to fight it.

"We were told by the Oklahoma Hospital Association that these cuts were inevitable. And basically what that means to us is about a 7.5% reduction in Medicaid dollars coming in to us," said Segler.

That will translate into about $1.5 million this year. Segler said the cuts will impact private practice doctors as well.

"It's primarily going to come from the physicians, and hospitals will take the bulk of the reduction. And so it is, it's a challenge. Many physicians struggle now to be able to provide those services and hospitals as well,” explained Segler.

Now service providers are forced to have to find ways to make up for the lost revenue. Segler stressed the fact that no matter what, they will continue to provide services the best way they can.

"We will not discontinue services to our patients. We're here to take care of the community," said Segler.

As a result of the decrease in federal funding, there will also be a drop in revenue from the tobacco tax. The changes go into effect on Tuesday.

 

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