The Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy has voted to endorse passage of State Question 802, which would expand Medicaid in the State of Oklahoma. Right now, more than a billion dollars of Oklahomans’ federal tax dollars are going to 36 other states every year. By recapturing those dollars, Oklahoma can provide health care to 200,000 more of its citizens – children and adults.

Studies show that children whose families covered by Medicaid are 29 percent more likely to have at least one well-child visit per year than those children who do not. Economically, recapturing these tax dollars is estimated to create at least 27,000 new jobs over the next five years in health care and ancillary industries. Further, the measure to be decided by voters will boost rural hospitals, which are lifelines for children and their families in small-town Oklahoma. In recent months, six rural communities have lost their hospitals and almost 30 more are at risk. A “yes” vote on State Question 802 will help those hospitals remain a vibrant part of their communities.

Better health and a stronger economy are on the line when Oklahomans Decide Health Care on June 30. OICA is fully engaged and will be running its own advertising to support the passage of the state question. If you would like to help us get the message out about why children need SQ 802, you can make a donation at https://apps.oica.org/portal/upcoming-events-online-registration?EV=234 – and we will put your dollars to good use to help make Oklahoma a more healthy and prosperous state.

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Take a look at OICA’s new commercial supporting passage of State Question 802: