Jaclyn Cosgrove
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.

She is the president of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists professional chapter and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Top Stories


  • Texas confirms first West Nile case of the season

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Texas has seen its first confirmed case of West Nile virus, while Oklahoma has yet to see any confirmed illness in its residents. The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed Thursday the state’s first case of West Nile illness of the season. The agency is urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk […]

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in rate of painkillers prescribed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in the nation for the rate that physicians prescribe several powerful painkillers to residents, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

  • Medicaid providers see almost 8 percent rate cut

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Members of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board voted unanimously Tuesday to cut provider rates by 7.75 percent, which will save the state of Oklahoma an estimated $48 million. But some worry it could impact care for patients.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin announces Insure Oklahoma extension

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    The Insure Oklahoma program has been granted a one-year extension, Gov. Mary Fallin announced.

  • Report: Oklahoma is too drunk to drive

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    In a recent nationwide survey, Oklahomans reported the third highest average blood alcohol content levels. Overall, Oklahomans who used BACtrack, a mobile breathalyzer, reported an average BAC of .096 percent, which is above the legal limit and was one of the highest reported averages BACs in the U.S. Data used in the BACtrack Consumption Report was collected from users with […]

  • Where's the hardest place to live in Oklahoma?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Southeast Oklahoma is one of the hardest regions to live in the nation, according to an analysis by the New York Times. Overall, McCurtain County got the worst ranking among Oklahoma counties, ranking No. 2,890 out of 3,135 counties nationwide. McCurtain County’s ranking was based, in part, on its unemployment rate of almost 9 percent and its low […]

  • Oklahoma has almost 33,000 adults diagnosed with untreated severe bipolar disorder

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Oklahoma has almost 33,000 adults diagnosed with untreated severe bipolar disorder, according to data recently published by the Treatment Advocacy Center. Additionally, the state has about 12,700 adults diagnosed with untreated schizophrenia. As the Treatment Advocacy Center points out: Individuals with untreated schizophrenia or severe bipolar disorder are the most at-risk populations for a host […]

  • Second chikungunya case confirmed in Tulsa County resident

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    A Tulsa County resident who went to the Caribbean for a mission trip was confirmed to have chikungunya virus this week, marking the second confirmed case in Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma Health Care Authority board leaders make tough choices over where to cut Medicaid services for some of the poorest residents

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    During a standing-room only meeting, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board voted Thursday on several changes, including changes in mental health services and increases in co-payments, that will affect some of Oklahoma’s poorest residents.

  • Oklahoma mental health providers protest proposed Medicaid changes

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    A group calling itself the “mental health militia” started their protest at noon Monday outside a children’s behavioral conference in Norman, which was hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

  • VA heart program in Oklahoma City temporarily closed after five deaths since October

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Five patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center have died since October within 30 days of their surgeries, prompting the temporary closure of the hospital’s heart surgery program until a federal review is complete.

  • Oklahoma Vietnam veteran with cancer asks why VA won't cover his care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    Vietnam veteran Ken Jolley’s family has focused on fundraising for Jolley’s treatment after the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center denied paying for a non-VA clinical trial that Jolley argues is his only shot left at survival.

  • What's it like: To suffer a heatstroke

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    Heatstroke can follow heat cramps or heat exhaustion. Some of the first signs might include fainting, a throbbing headache, dizziness or a lack of sweating. When you stop sweating, that can mean that your body’s regulation system has shut down, and you can no longer cool yourself.

  • Oklahoma City-area dental and eye professionals needed as volunteers for free health care event

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Remote Area Medical Oklahoma will host its annual free medical care event in August at Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park and is seeking dental and eye professionals, including dentists and optometrists, who will volunteer their time to serve hundreds of Oklahomans in need of medical care.

  • First Oklahoma case of chikungunya confirmed in traveler

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    A Tulsa County resident, who recently traveled to Haiti on a mission trip, is the first Oklahoman confirmed to test positive for the chikungunya virus.

  • Integris Health grows inpatient adult psychiatric beds in system

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Integris Health in late June will open a mental health unit at Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City to treat residents 55 and older and has remodeled a unit at its Spencer mental health facility to include 24 adult inpatient beds for residents ages 18 to 65, responding to a recent closure of a large facility in Bethany.

  • Diabetes in Oklahoma: What's your story?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Oklahoma has some of the highest rates of diabetes in the nation. Each day, thousands of Oklahomans and their families, friends and communities work to manage this disease that can come with a host of complications. I am writing a few stories about diabetes and want to hear how diabetes has affected you or your family. To […]

  • Oklahoma veteran waits years for allergy appointment

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Gulf War veteran Brad Harber had to wait years within the Oklahoma City VA health system before he got relief for chronic allergy problems.

  • Oklahoma City VA hospital temporarily closes heart program, citing federal review over deaths

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center has temporary suspended its cardiac surgery program, citing deaths over the past year that prompted the VA office in Washington, D.C., to review the program, leaders said this week.

  • West Nile virus not yet reported in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Residents should start using their mosquito repellent regularly when they’re going to be outdoors, even if it’s for a relatively short period of time




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