Legislature considers health funding; Fallin amends call
Dec. 19, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are considering measures to pump about $44 million into two key state health care agency budgets for the rest of the fiscal year.
House and Senate budget committees are meeting Tuesday to approve two bills in a second special session of the Legislature. One appropriates $17.7 million to the state's Medicaid agency, the Health Care Authority, and the other provides $26.5 million to the Department of Human Services.
Gov. Mary Fallin formally amended her special session call late Monday to include funding for DHS.
The emergency funding comes from a bill passed in the first special session to end a tax break on certain oil and gas wells.
The Legislature has struggled to raise revenue after the state Supreme Court ruled a $215 million cigarette tax was unconstitutional.