OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO)- The State Senate has approved millions of dollars in funding to prevent rate cuts for state health agencies.
Lawmakers approved roughly $17-million d for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to prevent provider rate cuts. They also cleared $26-million in funding for the Department of Human Services. Senate officials say these approvals will fund the OHCA and DHS through to April.
The approvals come as lawmakers meet for a second special session to shore up the state's multi-million-dollar budget shortfall.
While lawmakers have been working to close the budget hole and raise revenue,
finance officials predict the Legislature will still face a tough financial battle next year. The Board of Equalization reported that lawmakers will have about $5-billion available to spend on next year's budget, which is already expected to fall short by about $600-million. Officials warn the state's budget picture is still hazy, because the Legislature hasn't finalized the current year's state finances.