In June 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, after years of politicians failing to act, Oklahomans voted to expand Medicaid and deliver health care to over 200,000 of their friends, family and neighbors.
Our team at The Fairness Project was proud to support the Oklahoma Decides campaign from the very beginning, providing policy expertise, senior staffing, polling, a full suite of digital assets, and deep day-to-day partnership with coalition partners.
And on July 1, hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans began receiving life-saving care, thanks to Medicaid expansion and the work we did alongside grassroots partners and Oklahoma voters.
As Amber England, the campaign manager for Oklahoma Decides, told The Oklahoman, “This is a very joyful moment. It was a lot of hard work to get us here, and I’m just thankful that these folks are going to have access to life-saving care.”
Starting June 1, 2021, Oklahomans that earn less than $17,774 a year were able to enroll in Medicaid coverage. Since then, over 125,000 Oklahomans have enrolled in life-saving care. And now, those Oklahomans will be able to access health coverage that is proven to improve health outcomes, personal financial security and the local economy.
Hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans no longer have to choose between seeing a doctor and paying rent or putting food on the table.
To put it simply, Elections Matter. We were so proud to work alongside Oklahomans to win real change — especially during such a difficult time. But we’re even more thrilled when hardworking people begin to see the impact of our work.
Since 2016, The Fairness Project has mobilized voters in Maine, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma to vote to expand Medicaid coverage. Now, over 830,000 people not only have access to health care, but their Medicaid expansion coverage will reduce evictions and lift people out of poverty, prevent rural hospital closures, and reduce racial health care disparities.
In Oklahoma, especially, where 27.3% of the population goes without health insurance and 1 in 10 people live in poverty, the implementation of Medicaid expansion will pave the way for healthier and more secure Oklahomans.
Expanding Medicaid will save lives.
We did it, Oklahoma!