Press Release: Oklahomans for Better Medicaid Launches

Oklahomans for Better Medicaid Launches Statewide Effort in Support of Managed Care

New group brings together diverse stakeholders who believe Medicaid Managed Care is the best way to improve access, quality, outcomes and affordability in Oklahoma

(Oklahoma City, O.K., Feb. 3, 2021) Oklahomans for Better Medicaid (OFBM), a multi-stakeholder advocacy organization committed to building a Medicaid system that improves access, quality, outcomes and affordability, launched today.

OFBM is a consensus-based group of patient advocates, clinicians, community-based organizations, health care leaders and providers, health plans, and others who are champions of Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care. OFBM plans to work closely with key stakeholders as Oklahoma begins to modernize its Medicaid program.

“Oklahomans for Better Medicaid will serve as a long-standing, multi-stakeholder effort focused on demonstrating the value of Managed Care and advocating for a high-performing, high-value Medicaid program in our state,” said OFBM spokesperson Karma Robinson. “We believe Medicaid Managed Care is the best way to improve the health and well-being of Medicaid beneficiaries in Oklahoma by expanding access to care, improving the health care experience and reducing costs.”

“Continuity of care is extremely important to children in Oklahoma’s foster care system, and a managed care system would provide the consistency needed to ensure these children and young adults receive timely health care services,” said Natalie Jones, regional advisor for Youth Villages, a nonprofit leader offering the most effective mental and behavioral health services to hundreds/thousands of children, families, and young people in Oklahoma.

OFBM is supported by a variety of groups and individuals across the state including Oklahoma Charitable Clinic Association, Youth Villages, Progressive Independence, BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma, UnitedHealth Group, and the Hope Research Center. Serving as a trusted resource and convenor, OFBM will work with key stakeholders across the state to demonstrate the value of managed care, conduct and share research, and advocate for a high-performing, high-value Medicaid program.

You can find Oklahomans for Better Medicaid on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Contact: Oklahomans for Better Medicaid (Karma Robinson), 405-601-3775, karma@mygrpro.com

About Oklahomans for Better Medicaid

Oklahomans for Better Medicaid is a multi-stakeholder group of organizations committed to building a better Medicaid system that improves access, quality, outcomes and affordability in Oklahoma. Our members include patient advocates, clinicians, community-based organizations, health care leaders and providers, health plans and others who are champions of Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care. Learn more at oklahomansforbettermedicaid.org.