Oklahoma Won't Expand Medicaid, Create Health Exchange

Have fun doing it yourself, feds


Gov. Mary Fallin has rejected state participation in a health care exchange and expansion of the state's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

"After careful consideration, I have today informed U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius that Oklahoma will not pursue the creation of its own health insurance exchange," Fallin said in a statement Monday.

Any exchange that is compliant with the federal health care law will necessarily be state-run in name only and would require Oklahoma resources, staff and tax dollars to implement," Fallin said.