HMO Reform Is Sidelined In Oklahoma

A bill that would have transferred regulatory oversight of Oklahoma HMOs from the state's health department to its insurance department is effectively dead for this year.

Sen. Brad Henry, a Democrat who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, declined to hold hearings, saying the health department should have jurisdiction because decisions often are medically related.

Republican Sen. James Williamson filed his bill in response to concerns about the viability of Oklahoma HMOs, which lost $24 million last year.

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