TULSA, Okla. - A Tulsa hospital is blaming The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, for hundreds of layoffs set to hit by the end of June.
David J. Pynn, President and Chief Executive Officer St. John Health System, sent an email to employees notifying them that the positions of 2 to 3 percent of employees will be eliminate.
Pynn says Oklahoma’s decision not to participate in the Medicaid expansion that is part of ObamaCare will result in significantly lower payments from government sources for services the hospital provides.
St. John is expected to lose up to $20 million annually in Medicaid reimbursements.
Pynn says St. John must face economic realities and take measures to proactively address the situation now.
Employees who lose their jobs will be given a severance package according to Pynn's email.