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.

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


  • Oklahoma hospital charges patients almost 10 times cost of care, report says

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    A Durant hospital charges uninsured patients almost 10 times the actual cost of their medical care, the Washington Post reports. The Medical Center of Southeast Oklahoma is among 50 hospitals across the United States that have the “highest markup of all 5,000 hospitals in the United States,” Gerard Anderson, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg […]

  • County health departments in Oklahoma bill for insurance, make 'big shift' in public health

    By JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staff Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    County health departments in Oklahoma will continue to serve as a place where low-income children and adults can get vaccines for free or at a reduced cost. But because of federal and state budget cuts and changes under the Affordable Care Act, the game has changed for insured Oklahomans. Starting last summer, county health departments across the state started billing those with insurance.

  • Childhood vaccines prove costly for physicians to provide

    By JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staff Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    ENID -- A refrigerator sits in the corner of Dr. Eve Switzer's office, with signs on it indicating it's no place to keep leftovers. "Do not unplug -- Vaccines inside," one sign reads in all capital letters. "Do not disconnect," another bright yellow sign reads. A third sign that says "Food" with a large red slash through it, hangs near the bottom of the fridge, just in case you missed the others. The contents of this fridge are likely worth more than the fridge itself -- thousands of dollars worth of vaccines. They're even insured, just in case unruly Oklahoma weather strikes.

  • More are 'opting out' of childhood vaccinations in Oklahoma

    By JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staff Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    State is one of about 18 that make immunizations voluntary for school attendance

  • More Oklahoma parents are 'opting out' of vaccinating children, raising concerns

    By JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staf‌f Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    State is one of about 18 that make immunizations voluntary for school attendance

  • Officials confirm West Nile virus in Oklahoma

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staff Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon.

  • Of‌ficials confirm West Nile virus cases in state

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staf‌f Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon.

  • West Nile virus confirmed in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS

    | Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in senior health, placing it among worst in nation

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in senior health, meaning residents 65 and older have some of the worst health outcomes in the U.S. but also receive some of the worst medical care in the nation, a newly released report shows. The state ranked poorly in America’s Health Rankings’ senior health report, in part, because Oklahoma has a high […]

  • Oklahoma residents lose belongings to flood, but thankful they are alive

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Oklahoma residents across the region, including in Lawton, Indiahoma, Cache, Medicine Park, Meers and Paradise Valley saw flooding Sunday. There were no reports of injuries or deaths, according to Comanche County Emergency Management.

  • Alzheimer's steals memories but not couple's love

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    The Gardners are among the thousands of Oklahoma families watching a loved one gradually disappear. An estimated 60,000 Oklahomans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • Identifying whether a patient is conscious and will recover is often difficult, expert says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Dr. Joseph Fins, a medical ethics professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, recently spoke at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City about patients who suffer brain injuries. Fins said patients with brain injuries are sometimes assessed as unconscious when they actually are in a minimally conscious state.

  • The majority of Oklahomans with mental illness who are in jail would be better served outside criminal justice system, state leader says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A backlog of inmates in Tulsa County continue to wait for competency evaluations as law enforcement and mental health leaders discuss the best course of action to take, the state’s mental health commissioner said Friday.

  • What’s the plan to reduce Oklahoma County’s teen births by one-third?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Oklahoma County has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. A coalition of health leaders hope to change that. The Central Oklahoma Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaboration rolled out a plan this week to reduce teen births in Oklahoma County by one-third by 2020. Although Oklahoma’s teen birth rate has decreased over the past […]

  • Oklahoma health care providers speak out on proposed SoonerCare cuts

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Several nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other medical providers Thursday raised concerns at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s medical advisory committee meeting. Under the current budget proposal, the agency would cut the rate that it pays nurse practitioners, physician assistants, midwives and other midlevel providers to 85 percent of 89 percent of what Medicare pays providers.

  • Oklahoma sees significant decline in adults smoking cigarettes, CDC reports

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Oklahoma has seen a significant decrease in the number of adults who smoke cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. In 2011, 26 percent of Oklahoma adults 18 and older smoked cigarettes. By 2013, that number decreased to about 24 percent. Oklahoma health officials celebrated this decline last year, when Oklahoma saw its smoking […]

  • How Sophie, a 120-pound German Shepherd, helps an Oklahoma veteran find peace

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Edward Shepherd wasn’t leaving his home. The paranoia was too much to handle, leaving him unable to perform simple tasks. Friends and family brought him groceries. He hardly slept, startled by the loud noises of living in a city. The crashing sound from the 3 a.m. garbage truck was his least favorite. Shepherd was back after almost five […]

  • For veterans, yoga class at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center brings peace of mind

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    About 60 veterans have taken a class at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center that many have said has helped them better control their PTSD symptoms. The weekly class helps veterans learn about breathing and meditation.

  • Oklahoma medical board dismisses sexual misconduct case against Oklahoma City physician

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision on Thursday dismissed its 2008 sexual complaint against Dr. Jeffrey Porras, an Oklahoma City family practice physician.

  • Tulsa physician was known as ‘queen of lean’ for ‘purple drank’ prescriptions, board says

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision voted unanimously Thursday to keep an emergency suspension in place on the medical license of Dr. Tamerlane Rozsa, a Tulsa-based family medicine physician.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 02 2015 03:27:56 PM CST @steffiecorcoran @nathangunter There is a giant fiberglass building outside your building.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 02 2015 09:42:09 AM CST Wonder if Oklahoma will get a visit -- After #KingvBurwell, Obama uses momentum to talk Medicaid expansion in South LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 02 2015 09:40:52 AM CST Health programs helped drain Puerto Rico’s coffers LINK via @MorningConsult
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 01 2015 11:59:14 AM CST @thricesavage No way!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 01 2015 11:19:54 AM CST @thricesavage Hahaha. I thought I heard something. You are a great stalker.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 10:34:01 PM CST RT @AdamWeinstein: hoooooooooooooooooo boy LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 10:01:05 PM CST Harold Hamm sues oilman for defamation over Facebook post LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:58:01 PM CST @audreydodgen @TrynKeepUp Lynn and Jeff would be a great start!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:47:21 PM CST @susannesophia You rock!!!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:47:02 PM CST Take a minute and learn about the wonders and joys of urban gardening in OKC LINK @TrynKeepUp gives great advice!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 05:39:51 PM CST RT @stevelackmeyer: Sure would be nice if U-haul saw this as an opty to restore or at least showcase the original bldg. https://t.co/Qup8Qg…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 05:39:48 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Preservationists in Oklahoma City winning despite bitter defeats LINK via @stevelackmeyer LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 03:33:56 PM CST It's that time of year when I remind @mkimball011 that this video of me being struck by a firework exists: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 03:16:48 PM CST @Shelly_Hickman @SnakeBucket @OklahomaStand Any there any districts in Oklahoma where you would start out making more than $40K?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 03:11:55 PM CST RT @Shelly_Hickman: Via @OklahomaStand: short commute across state line compromising #oklaed students' futures LINK http:…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Jun. 29 2015 09:46:15 AM CST One of the reasons I bike to work when I can -- For Oklahomans with asthma, ozone days can make it hard to breathe LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Jun. 27 2015 08:39:16 AM CST RT @NAMIEDOK: Oklahoma mental health agency places moratorium on Medicaid contracts for some therapists | News OK .@jaclyncosgrove http://…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:52:55 PM CST RT @SkewTee: Storms in the Ouachita Mtns. Pic from Van Buren, AR. If u look close u can see the Mamatus. @5NEWSGarrett #arwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 01:02:57 PM CST Staring at my phone and mentally willing people to call me back isn't working. New tactic needed. #OnDeadline
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 01:00:18 PM CST @holleym @prsaokc @gangrey Cool!

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