Oklahoma bans healthcare reimbursements based on age, ability

Oklahoma bans healthcare reimbursements based on age, ability

 

An elderly or disabled person will not be billed extra or be blocked from receiving health care because of high costs in Oklahoma, after passage of anti-discrimination legislation.

On Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, approved the “Nondiscrimination in Health Care Coverage” Act, which would prevent a state agency from using age, chronic illness, or ability from determining a reimbursement cost to a provider for medical services…

Matt Valliere, executive director of the Patients Rights Action Fund, a group opposed to euthanasia, said his group applauds Mr. Stitt and the Oklahoma legislature.

“With the signing of HB 2587, Oklahoma is now a leader and a model for the whole country on QALYs and preserving in law the inherent and equal dignity of each person, as enshrined in both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Constitution,” said Mr. Valliere, in a statement…

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