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Medicaid expansion may become ballot initiative, according to policy group, lawmaker

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Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt said Thursday that “substantial work” has been done to get ready to file a petition in support of Medicaid expansion. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman archives]
Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt said Thursday that “substantial work” has been done to get ready to file a petition in support of Medicaid expansion. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman archives]

Oklahomans likely will get to vote on Medicaid expansion should lawmakers fail to act, a state lawmaker and the head of a policy group said Thursday.

“I know there is a move afoot,” said David Blatt, Oklahoma Policy Institute executive director. “I know there is an intention to file a petition.” Blatt said his organization has been involved in some of the conversations, but is not leading the effort.

“Substantial work” has been done to get ready to file a petition to get it on the ballot, Blatt said.

Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan, said he is certain a petition will be filed if lawmakers fail to take action.

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