Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • Join us for a conversation about autism insurance mandate in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    This past week, I wrote a story about a Tulsa family that plans to move to Texas at the end of the year to better ensure they can get health insurance to cover therapy for their 3-year-old son with autism.  Under Texas law, health insurance companies must cover applied behavior...

  • Physicians should use state prescription drug monitoring programs, medical association says

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    Dr. Patrice A. Harris said in the coming year the association’s Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse will recommend several evidence-based solutions — solutions based on a combination of scientific evidence, clinical expertise and patient needs.

  • Options are limited for treating mental illness in teens, children

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Sometimes Dr. Timothy Newton wishes he had a “phone-a-friend” option. The 32-year-old family practice physician works out of a clinic in Cherokee, a northwest Oklahoma town of about 1,600 people. About one-fifth of the children that he sees have a mental health issue, whether it be...

  • In Medicaid expansion states, some public hospitals find solid financial footing

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    In states that have expanded their Medicaid programs, some large, public hospitals are finding themselves on solid financial footing for the first time in decades, and formerly uninsured patients are now getting regular care, Reuters reports. Nonprofit hospitals in the 30 states that...

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma insurance rates might go up 31 percent in 2016: Report

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled...

  • Oklahomans with subsidies rejoice in keeping coverage

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Jessica Rollins is one of thousands of Oklahomans who have received subsidies to pay for health insurance they buy through the federally run marketplace. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, ruling that Americans who buy health insurance through...

  • Gov. Mary Fallin: Obamacare SCOTUS ruling leaves taxpayers with 'deeply flawed' law

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, Gov. Mary Fallin released the following statement: "The Supreme Court’s decision today in King v. Burwell means that taxpayers will be, for the time being, stuck with a law that is deeply...

  • Oklahoma Medicaid providers will not see rate cuts this year

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    After fervent feedback from the medical community, state Medicaid leaders decided they will not reduce provider rates as part of the cuts they will make to balance the agency's budget.  Previously, Oklahoma Health Care Authority leaders proposed cutting the amount it pays nurse...

  • Former children's counselor pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    A former children’s counselor pleaded guilty to 11 counts of Medicaid fraud, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office announced Thursday. Vincent Chukuneye Dike, 58, of Edmond, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and will serve 10 years probation.

  • Study shows 12 more were hospitalized in Dallas with Ebola-like symptoms than was revealed

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Last fall, only two people were known to be hospitalized in Dallas after potentially contracting Ebola from a Liberian traveler who died from the disease. They were nurses, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who tested positive. At the time, it was not revealed that an additional dozen...

  • Oklahoma City VA surgeon questioned colleagues' skills years before heart program closure

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A little more than two years before federal authorities temporarily closed the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center’s heart program, a senior surgeon at the hospital voiced concerns about his fellow surgeons’ medical competencies.

  • American Indians with mental illness, substance abuse disorders should consider Obamacare plans, leaders say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Many American Indians don’t realize that if they’re members of federally recognized tribes, they aren’t restricted by an enrollment period to buy private health insurance through the federally run health insurance marketplace. Also, they can change insurance coverage plans up to once a month....

  • Treasury won't explain decision to make $3 billion in Obamacare payments

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations. At issue are payments to insurers...

  • Federal official urges rural Oklahomans to consider Obamacare coverage

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Amidst the looming coverage deadline, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urged rural Oklahomans, including farmers and ranchers, to consider buying insurance coverage through

  • Nearly 110,000 Oklahomans have signed up through federal health care marketplace

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Since open enrollment began on Nov. 15, about 7.75 million people nationwide have selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled through the platform, including 109,758 in Oklahoma. Last year, about 70,000 people in Oklahoma selected plans through the marketplace by the end of...

  • Free dental clinic in Tulsa expects to see about 2,400 people this weekend

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma Mission of Mercy free dental clinic began early Friday and was expected to see about 1,200 patients before the end of day. It will continue at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa. People began lining up nearly 24 hours before the event started. Read...

  • 3 facts you should know about Oklahoma babies born with drugs or alcohol in their system

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Nearly 400 Oklahoma babies born in 2014 were born addicted to drugs or alcohol. Here are 3 quick facts you should know about the issue.

  • 95,165 Oklahomans have signed up for coverage through Obamacare

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    As of early January, 95,165 Oklahomans have selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in a private health insurance plan through the federally run marketplace. The health insurance marketplace, created through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is a federally run service that allows...

  • British expats grade American healthcare system 'a pain'

    Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Scottish-born David Gray, a creative director based in Brooklyn, was “doubled-up coughing in the snow” when he fell out of love with the US healthcare system. Gray, on his employer-provided health insurance, needed a US doctor for a checkup. A colleague recommended a doctor’s office housed...

  • Since Obamacare, L.A. County ER visits show hospitals in 'state of flux'

    Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    A key measure of hospital emergency room use in Los Angeles County shows continued growth during the first six months of Obamacare, but also points to shifting patterns of where patients are choosing to receive urgent medical treatment. With the healthcare expansion last year, many are...

  • Q&A: Tips on signing up for health insurance through the federal marketplace

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the federally run marketplace is Monday if you want your coverage to start Jan. 1.

  • Gruber sorry for 'insulting' comments on Obamacare

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber repeatedly apologized for his videotaped statements on the Affordable Care Act, while defending the process used to pass the law known as Obamacare, according to USA TODAY. Gruber became the public face of the Obamacare debate...

  • Jonathan Gruber: I'm not 'the architect' of Obamacare

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Beleaguered Obamacare adviser Jonathan Gruber declared he was not “the architect” of the health law as House Republicans on Tuesday opened a double-header face-off over two scandals that have shadowed an otherwise successful launch of the second sign-up season. “I was not the ‘architect’ of...

  • Expert visits Oklahoma to discuss future of health care reform

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely subside in the coming years, replaced by conversations at a state and federal level on how to improve the much-debated federal health care law, a policy expert told a crowd of policymakers and health leaders Monday.

  • Boehner vows House will repeal Obamacare

    Published: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    House Speaker John A. Boehner said President Obama will “poison” chances for cooperation with Congress if he moves unilaterally to claim powers to grant legal status to illegal immigrants. “He’s going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path,” Mr. Boehner said Thursday.