Hundreds urge Okla. governor to expand Medicaid

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of people rallying at the state Capitol want Gov. Mary Fallin to reconsider her decision to reject an expansion of Medicaid that would provide health insurance to an estimated 200,000 working poor in the state.

More than 200 people gathered at the Capitol Tuesday as part of a rally by the Coalition to Expand Medicaid Oklahoma. After the event, organizers delivered more than 5,000 signatures from an online petition urging the governor to reconsider her decision.

Fallin in November rejected the option under the federal health care law to expand the state's Medicaid program to up to 133 percent of the poverty level, citing the projected costs to the state and federal government.

A Fallin spokesman said the governor has no plans to reconsider her decision.

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