OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO)- The trauma center and NICU unit at the OU Medical Center are in danger of closing if the state moves forward with privatizing part of its Medicaid system.
Officials with the OU Medical Center say if this happens, hospitals in the state could lose about $650-million in federal funding. The money goes toward paying doctors, surgeons and specialists and makes up for what Medicaid does not cover.
Officials say that funding is essential for keeping the trauma center open.
"If we were to lose this, we would lose a significant number of lives in the state," explained Dr. Roxie Albrecht with OU Medical Center.
OU, along with medical professionals and organizations across the state, are asking the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority to stop moving forward on privatizing Medicaid.