Alexandria, VA – Today the Health Care Compact, an agreement between participating states that restores authority and responsibility for health care regulation to member states, was signed into law by Oklahoma's Governor, Mary Fallin. The compact allows Oklahoma to create their own health care policies by joining an interstate compact that supersedes prior federal law. Oklahoma is the second state is sign the compact into law following Georgia.
"Today, Oklahoma's Governor Fallin joined the Oklahoma legislature in taking a bold step to give the people of Oklahoma control of their health care future. By acting to move authority and responsibility for health care from Washington, D.C. to Oklahoma, Governor Fallin will help to trigger a robust conversation among citizens and their local representatives about sustainable reforms that meet the needs of all Oklahomans," said Eric O'Keefe Chairman of the Health Care Compact Alliance. "Oklahoma's leaders have acted to escape the mandates handed down from a centralized bureaucracy in Washington which threatens to bankrupt the country while rationing health care.The Health Care Compact Alliance congratulates Governor Mary Fallin as well as all of the sponsoring legislators."
For the Health Care Compact to become law it must be passed by both houses of the General Assembly, signed by the governor, and approved through Congress. The way health care works in a member state is not prescribed in the compact. Who and what is covered as well as the level of regulation are determined by each state after the compact is ratified.
The Health Care Compact is an initiative of the Health Care Compact Alliance, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to providing Americans more influence over decisions that govern their health care.
Interstate compacts have been used throughout U.S. history to allow states to coordinate in important policy areas. Authority for compacts was established in the Constitution (Article I, Section 10), and more than 200 such agreements are currently in effect. They are voluntary agreements between states that, when consented to by congress, have the force of federal law.