Under mounting pressure from local Republican legislators, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is turning her back on a $54 million health reform grant she once proudly supported.
It is by far the largest health reform grant that any state has rejected. Other states have returned or turned down $1 million exchange planning grants.
Oklahoma “will not accept the $54 million Early Innovator Grant” Fallin announced Thursday afternoon, noting that the move “accomplishes my goal from the very beginning: stopping the implementation of the president’s federal health care exchange in Oklahoma.”
HHS distributed $241 million in Early Innovator Grants in February, awarding funds to seven states that would build the technology infrastructure that other states would use as a model. Three of those states — Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Kansas — are helmed by Republican governors.