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.


  • 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

  • Oklahoma mental health agency's budget cuts serve as launching pad for fierce debate

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Amid a crowd of more than 200 people, mental health providers fiercely debated Wednesday the impact that a proposed change in Medicaid behavioral health services will have on some of the poorest children and adults in the state.

  • Growing number of veterans seeking care cited in delays Oklahoma City VA

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    An audit showed that new patients seeking primary care waited an average of 44 days for appointments, with new patients seeking specialty care and mental health care at the OKC VA facing similar delays.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:07 PM RT @TIMEHealth: A reminder to check out LINK for our continuous reporting on the outbreak from here and abroad
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:58 PM RT @NewsOK: Note: We've removed the OU-Texas poll. We understand this is a sensitive subject and have taken it down.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:33 PM Ebola in Dallas = Too close to home.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:32 PM RT @Reuters_Health: Ebola patient in U.S. developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from West Africa: Texas health officials
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:18 PM Dallas patient tests positive for Ebola LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:12 AM Part of poem that an Oklahoma woman with bipolar disorder wrote on being institutionalized at Central State Hospital LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:28 AM Dallas hospital isolates possible Ebola patient LINK via @USATODAY
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:08 AM I finally joined @IRE_NICAR. Yes, I'm #latetotheparty. But now I'm nerding out.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 05:16:06 PM CST @donald_stotts Unfortunately yes. I found myself standing on top of their mound, and I was reminded that I have fast reflexes.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 05:07:43 PM CST I'm going to write a What's It Like about being stung by fire ants, and I'm just going to link to me making this face LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 04:10:59 PM CST RT @TheAtlantic: Video: A technicolor timelapse of Alaska's stunning Northern Lights LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 12:53:23 PM CST I'm eating spinach and nerding out digging through data on OK2SHARE. I go pretty wild on Mondays.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 12:38:02 PM CST RT @jeaninedok: We teach our kids to stop, drop, and roll. And about seatbelts. . . why don't we teach about suicide? Underwood LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 12:37:54 PM CST .@jeaninedok has a fascinating series of tweets from today's #ZeroSuicideSummit. Follow her for updates. Great job, Jean.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 11:26:08 AM CST @joshumar I'm hoping to write about it soon. I know of a few places with geropsych programs, but I'm sure there's a large demand for beds.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 11:16:19 AM CST 1/3 of Oklahomans who died by suicide in 2013 were 55 or older. If you’re struggling or thinking about suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 11:14:09 AM CST @McNeill_Tweets @emilylangok Something like this? LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 10:36:07 AM CST In case you were curious -- What's it like: To get a pacemaker implanted LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 10:04:50 AM CST @OphiraE You should include anything random you wrote on those tiny notebooks they provide that aren't terribly practical.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 09:35:58 AM CST I'm performing at @okcimprov on Friday at 7:30 at @ReduxionTheatre. You can buy tickets here: LINK LINK