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Effort to Expand Medicaid Coverage Exceeds Its Goals

Those working to gather signatures on petitions to expand Medicaid coverage in Oklahoma reported they are being successful.

A record number of signatures—313,677!—have been gathered.

The objective has been to get a state question on next year’s ballot and allow voters to decide whether Medicaid should be expanded to include 200,000 more low-income Oklahomans.

The number of signatures gathered far exceeds the 178,000 signatures the campaign needs to quality the measure for the ballot and exceeds the number of signatures turned in for any other initiative petition in state history.

Supporters of the initiative petition, which would be State Question 802 if it qualifies for the ballot, gathered at the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office Thursday to turn in signatures.

“We are here to send a mandate that we are ready for Oklahomans to decide this issue at the ballot box,” Yes on 802 campaign manager Amber England said.

As supporters carried boxes of signatures, they chanted: “Tell me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like.”

Medicaid expansion supporter Erin Taylor said her family would have gone bankrupt if they didn’t have Medicaid as secondary insurance for her son, Mrs. Mrs. Henry, who was born with a complex congenital heart condition.

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