News Release

April 8, 2011

OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474, Carter Kimble - (405) 522-7510

Possible Federal Shutdown Will Not Effect SoonerCare

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Health Care Authority and SoonerCare, the state’s Medicaid program, will not be directly impacted by a shutdown of the federal government.

Since Medicaid is an entitlement program, it is not funded through the annual appropriations process that is potentially being stopped. This means we will continue normal operations of the program and pay claims from our health care providers such as hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and pharmacists for the care they provide for the more than 700,000 Oklahomans in the program this month.