A statement released from the Oklahoma Hospital Association sent out a statement this afternoon saying they are in favor of a provider fee.
The Oklahoma Hospital Association has voiced its support to House and Senate leaders for establishing a hospital provider fee as a means to sustain the services hospitals provide to Medicaid patients in their communities. In light of the state’s current budget crisis and the significant reductions in reimbursement hospitals have already experienced this year through across-the-board rate cuts and targeted cuts to specific health care programs, Oklahoma hospitals believe even more strongly the Legislature should pass a hospital provider fee this session. It is an opportunity for hospitals to help themselves in receiving additional federal matching funds without adversely impacting the state or hospital consumers.
Susie Wallace, director of communications for the Oklahoma Hospital Association says they haven’t seen the proposal put out by Democrats today.