Duncan is going to be one of seven sites throughout the state selected as a “Day of Action” by the group “The Yes On 802” which is in support of putting Medicaid expansion on the ballot.
According to a press release, the Yes On 802 has a 90-day window to gather 178,000 signatures to give voters a chance to decide on Medicaid expansion in 2020.
“The movement for affordable healthcare in Oklahoma will spread out across the state Saturday as volunteers meet at seven locations to gather signatures in support of the Yes on 802 campaign,” the release read. “Oklahomans will meet in hospitals, churches, parks, and community centers to learn how to collect signatures and share why they support expanding access to healthcare and bringing tax dollars home to Oklahoma.”
Volunteers will be out and about starting at 9 a.m. at Duncan Regional Hospital to collect signatures to allow the question on the 2020 Oklahoma ballot.
“The Yes on 802 campaign is fighting to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot to meet the healthcare needs of Oklahoma's rural communities and people working hard at jobs that do not offer insurance,” the release said. “Right now, Oklahoma has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country, and six hospitals in rural areas have closed since 2016.”
Not only will it bring a chance of insurance for those uninsured, but looks to also bring back tax dollars Oklahomans already pay, Yes On 802 said.
“Medicaid expansion would bring home more than a billion of our tax dollars from Washington every year to deliver healthcare for nearly 200,000 Oklahomans, keep rural hospitals open, and create thousands of jobs,” it said. “Most states have already expanded Medicaid, so Oklahoma tax dollars are currently going to pay for care in other states but not here.”
For more information on Yes on 802 visit their page www.facebook.com/yeson802.