Jaclyn Cosgrove
Local News Medical and Health Reporter

Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics.

She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma.

Jaclyn is a recipient of the 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. Jaclyn’s project is focused on low-income, uninsured Oklahomans diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders. She is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.


  • Free medical care available at upcoming Durant event

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 8 hr ago

    More than 1,000 people are expected to attend a free medical clinic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 14 and from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. At the event, residents can receive dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglass production, women's health exams and medical exams. All services are delivered on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers will start distributing entry numbers at 3 a.m., three hours before the clinic begins. Patients can start lining up for entry numbers at midnight, although many patients will form a line before midnight to ensure they receive a number.

  • Emergency responders use naloxone to save 42 Oklahomans from drug overdose

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 10 hr ago

    A family member walked in and found the older woman lying on the couch, not breathing well. An empty pill bottle was lying nearby. The woman had back surgery the day before, and she had received a prescription for hydromorphone, an opioid painkiller.  The family member called 911. When emergency responders arrived, they administered naloxone, a drug that can reverse an overdose if given in enough time. Within two minutes, the woman was responsive and breathing again. This is the story of one of 42 Oklahomans that emergency medical personnel across Oklahoma have saved since late 2014, according to the state Health Department.

  • More than 300 Oklahomans rally at Capitol to tell state lawmakers that 'Medicaid matters'

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    “Let’s make sure our legislators are informed of how Medicaid protects vulnerable Oklahomans and is a job creator before they go in and build our state budget in the coming weeks,” said Erin Taylor, advocacy coordinator at the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council.

  • At a glance: Understanding Medicaid

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A look at Medicaid in Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma has high teen birth rates among different race and ethnic groups

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Oklahoma had some of the highest birth rates in the country in recent years among white, black and Hispanic teens, according to a recent national report. Oklahoma had the highest teen birth from 2013 to 2014 among Hispanic teens: 58 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The national birth rate for Hispanic teens was 40 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 years.  Oklahoma tied with Ohio for the fifth highest teen birth rate among black teens: 47 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19.  Additionally, Oklahoma had the fourth highest teen birth rate among white teens: 36 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19.

  • Questions remain regarding proposed Medicaid reform plan in Oklahoma despite widespread support

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    DURANT — Nico Gomez stood before a small group of 25 concerned residents.  How will we save Oklahoma's Medicaid program?  That's the question at hand.  Gomez, Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO, has his answer: the Medicaid Rebalancing Act of 2020. Under Gomez's proposal, 354,000 Oklahoma men, women and children would receive private health insurance over a four-year period. "There's a lot of moving parts, it's complex, and that's why I'm coming to every community that will have me and talk through this," Gomez told the crowd at the April 22 meeting, "Because the other thing is, we can always make it better, there's always an opportunity to make it better." So far, the proposed Medicaid

  • Board OKs reductions that will limit mental health care access

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The Oklahoma Health Care Authority board approved cuts Thursday that limit how much therapy Medicaid members can receive. The board also approved provider rate cuts to behavioral health professionals.

  • What's the teen birth rate in your county?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Oklahoma had the second highest teen birth rate in the United States in 2014, behind only Arkansas.  Oklahoma County has seen some success in bringing its teen birth rate down, but overall, Oklahoma still has a long way to go. As Tim Willert, Oklahoman education reporter, points out in this story: (Oklahoma City Public Schools) no longer offers sex education courses, choosing instead to teach related content that applies to core subjects like physiology and elective courses such as adult and family living. By law, public schools in Oklahoma are not required to teach sex education but must provide AIDS prevention education. Meanwhile, 51 percent of Oklahoma high school students surveyed

  • Gov. Mary Fallin signs bill clarifying court-ordered mental health treatment

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday signed the Labor Commissioner Mark Costello Act, a new law that clarifies language regarding when a judge can court order an Oklahoman to outpatient mental health treatment. Under the new law, Oklahomans diagnosed with mental illnesses who have repeatedly been unable to follow their treatment plans could be court ordered to take their medicine, among other treatment options. It's a process known as assisted outpatient treatment. "The step Oklahoma made today with the efforts of Rep. Lee Denney and Sen. AJ Griffin and signed and supported by Gov.

  • Suffer from storm-related anxiety? Help is available

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Unfortunately, when forecasters report on severe weather, there are a lot of unknowns. Where will the weather hit? Will there be a tornado?  How severe will the weather be? This amount of uncertainty can cause a lot of anxiety in people, especially people who have experienced some level of trauma as a result of weather.

  • Mental health more on minds of lawmakers after Costello and OSU homecoming parade tragedies

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Last year, Rep. Lee Denney didn't find much enthusiasm at the Capitol to get a bill passed regarding court-ordered mental health treatment. And then, in August, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello died after his son Christian, suffering from untreated schizophrenia, stabbed him in a Braum's parking lot.  And then, in October,  Adacia Chambers, 25, who has struggled with mental health issues, ran her car through a crowd at the OSU Homecoming parade, causing the deaths of four people. And then, mental health was a topic on lawmakers' minds.  "Unfortunately, when things aren't right in front of our face, we don't think about them," Denney, a Cushing Republican, said. "And so mental health

  • In ‘trying times,’ will legislators cut funding for mental health?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    At the Capitol on Wednesday, more than 100 advocates gathered to ask legislators to remember, as they’re compiling budgets, the thousands of Oklahomans with mental illnesses and substance use disorders who cannot get the care they need because of a fractured, underfunded system.

  • With looming Oklahoma budget crisis, rural nursing homes and hospitals remain concerned about futures

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    Health leaders across the state are urging the Legislature to consider increasing the cigarette taxes, which health care authority CEO Nico Gomez has proposed and said would provide $182 million per year.

  • Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: 'Our prisons are filled with people who need help'

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    [brightcove]4842775268001[/brightcove] As Surgeon General Vivek Murthy travels around the country, he regularly hears about two issues: addiction and mental illness. Murthy said at a health care journalism conference this past weekend that the United States must change its approach in how people with these serious brain diseases are treated.  "We find that our prisons are filled with people who need help, who need treatment, and aren't able to get the kind of support and treatment that they need because they were incarcerated instead of being connected to treatment," Murthy said in response to a question from The Oklahoman.

  • Oklahoma Medicaid agency proposes 25 percent provider rate cut

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Mar 29, 2016

    The state Medicaid agency will propose cutting provider rates by 25 percent, a move that will affect more than 46,000 medical providers, along with thousands of low-income Oklahomans that depend on their care. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority announced Tuesday that the agency will begin its public notification process to reduce SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid) provider rates by 25 percent, effective June 1, in anticipation of the agency's state fiscal year 2017 appropriation. "I do not take these cuts lightly," agency CEO Nico Gomez said in a news release. "As the state’s largest health insurer, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority underpins the entire fabric of the state’s health care system that serves

  • Thousands with mental illness will lose services in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Mar 26, 2016

    More than 73,000 Oklahomans with mental illnesses and substance use disorders will lose access to state-funded services in the coming days, the result of continued state budget cuts. Leaders at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services announced Friday that they will cut an additional $13 million from the agency's current operating budget, which will affect thousands more low-income children and adults that depend on state-funded care. Since January, the state mental health department has cut almost $23 million from its budget, the result of a growing state budget crises.

  • With budget cuts, thousands of Oklahomans with mental illnesses are expected to lose care

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    As a result of state budget cuts, more than 73,000 low-income Oklahomans with mental illnesses and substance use disorders are expected to lose some access, if not all access, to the state-funded services they depend on. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services announced Friday that the agency will cut an additional $13 million from its current operating budget. In total, the state mental health department has cut almost $23 million from operations and services since January. The budget cuts are in response to the state budget crisis that has forced agencies to slash their current operating budgets.

  • Community forum will focus on mental illness, criminal justice system

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    The Oklahoman is hosting a community forum at 6:30 p.m. March 30, focusing on the rising number of residents with mental illnesses and substance use disorders entering Oklahoma’s jails and prisons.

  • Epidemic Ignored: Why does the number of Oklahomans with mental illnesses in prison continue to rise?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    When Renee arrived with the baby, Debbie Chastain knew why she was there. The 17-year-old girl had struggled through her teen years, battling an undiagnosed mental illness. Renee’s pregnancy was unplanned but not a surprise, a chapter in the story of a girl lost in her mind and the world around her. Renee insisted throughout her pregnancy that she wanted to keep the baby, that she wanted to raise him.

  • Christian Costello beaten by two inmates in Oklahoma County jail

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Mar 15, 2016

    Christian Costello, in jail for allegedly killing his father, recently was beaten by inmates at the Oklahoma County jail.




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