State Rep. Kris Steele’s efforts to provide better healthcare and increased access to coverage for Oklahomans have earned him the Oklahoma Primary Care Association “Legislative Champion” Award, the group announced recently.


State Rep. Kris Steele’s efforts to provide better healthcare and increased access to coverage for Oklahomans have earned him the Oklahoma Primary Care Association “Legislative Champion” Award, the group announced recently.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Primary Care Association. They do an outstanding job of providing quality, affordable health care services for a number of individuals living in our state.” said Steele, R-Shawnee. “Dealing with healthcare issues is one of the greatest challenges elected leaders face today. There is no simple solution. Our healthcare system is complex and complicated, and too often our citizens fall through the cracks. Filling in those gaps with a better quality, more affordable product and increased access, particularly for rural Oklahomans, is the goal.”
Steele was presented the award at the OPCA’s Annual Conference last week.
“Representative Steele goes the extra mile as a legislative health care champion,” said Greta Stewart, executive director of the OPCA. “He continues to demonstrate his willingness to learn about the issues around improving access to care for all Oklahomans. Because the numbers of underserved continue to outpace existing resources, we are extremely appreciative of his stewardship.”
Steele serves as the Chair of the House Health Committee and also serves as a member of both the House Human Services Subcommittee and the House Public Health Subcommittee.
The Oklahoma Primary Care Association is a federally designated and funded trade association for community health centers and other community-based health care providers. Its mission is to strengthen access to community-based health care through advocacy, education and technical assistance.