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Yes On 802 Campaign Manager Amber England issued the following statement in response to Tuesday’s passage of State Question 802 during the election on June 30, 2020:
“Tonight Oklahoma lived up to the standards and values that make this state great, and I’ve never been more proud.
“In the middle of a pandemic, Oklahomans stepped up and delivered life-saving care for nearly 200,000 of our neighbors, took action to keep our rural hospitals open, and brought our tax dollars home to protect jobs and boost our local economy.
“This was a true grassroots campaign that brought people together across the political spectrum and all walks of life. Doctors, nurses, business owners, and faith leaders all united around a shared goal. It brought out the best in all of us.
“In all my years in politics, I’ve never seen so many people willing to work so hard for each other. We trained thousands of volunteers, we collected a record breaking 313,000 petition signatures, and tonight we set a new standard.
After a decade of waiting on politicians to act, Oklahomans decided to take healthcare into our own hands. Before tonight, we were the second to worst state in the country when it came to the number of people going without healthcare.
“After tonight, we are the only state in the nation to guarantee access to healthcare that politicians can never take away. From nearly worst to first. Now that’s a standard that we can all be proud of.”
This measure expanded Medicaid in Oklahoma under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It was designed to provide Medicaid coverage for certain low-income adults between 18 and 65 with incomes at or below 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL).
For 2020, the FPL was $12,490 for individuals and $25,750 for a family of four. Because the ACA includes a 5% income disregard, this measure effectively expanded Medicaid to those with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level.
At or below 138% of FPL is $17,236 for individuals and $35,535 for a family of four.