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Oklahoma votes to expand Medicaid

Oklahoma becomes the first state to amend its Constitution to expand health care coverage.
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Voters approved a measure to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma.

OKLAHOMA CITY (KTEN) — By a narrow margin, Oklahoma voters on Tuesday approved a measure to amend the state Constitution to expand Medicaid health coverage to tens of thousands of low-income residents.

The final unofficial tally showed 339,799 in favor of the plan and 333,311 opposed. 

Four other states have expanded Medicaid through ballot questions, but Oklahoma is the first to amend its state Constitution. That will prevent the Oklahoma Legislature from tinkering with the plan or rolling back coverage.

The Republican-controlled Legislature and the last two GOP governors have opposed expanding Medicaid. They contend the state’s one-tenth share of the annual cost would be too expensive.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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