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


  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City VA Medical Center discusses audit findings

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss findings in an audit that revealed wait times at veteran medical centers across the U.S.

  • Wait times at Oklahoma VA hospitals explored in audit released Monday

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    New patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center waited an average of 44 days for a primary care appointment, according to an audit released Monday from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • No Medicaid expansion reason for Mercy's plans to lay off up to 300 workers in four states

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    A lack of Medicaid expansion was cited as a reason that Mercy plans to lay off up to 300 people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas this month.

  • Parts of Oklahoma get 'food desert' label

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Southeast Oklahoma has the highest concentration of food deserts, communities without a grocery store where they can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, adding to the difficulties that residents face in trying to live healthier lifestyles, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • In Oklahoma Panhandle, 'food desert' feels more literal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Couple says “food desert” feels a little more literal in the Oklahoma Panhandle, which has been in a severe drought for more than three years.

  • For some rural Oklahoma residents, living off the land is the best option

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Donita Blackketter and her husband are examples of how some rural residents handle not having a grocery store near by. For beef, they slaughter one of the cows they raised on their 360 acres. For vegetables during the summer, they grow a garden.




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 15 2014 03:41:14 PM CST What's it like: To develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis LINK #ALS #IceBucketChallenge
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 15 2014 03:37:20 PM CST RT @sarahkliff: Exactly 0.2 percent of America doctors provide abortions. LINK
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 13 2014 09:01:50 AM CST RT @SilasAllen1: Lots of Oklahomans are pretty upset with the North Texas Tollway Authority. Here's why: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 09:02:28 PM CST @DrEmilyTaylor I am jealous it's by your house! You should totally go.
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 05:29:22 PM CST RT @_FFBC: @AARPOklahoma Oklahoma Drops to 49th in Nursing Home Care - Nursing Home Report Cards LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 02:40:57 PM CST RT @MHAOKLA: #MentalIllness: Mother hopes, prays for her daughter's future. This is a must-read! LINK @NewsOK @jaclyncosg…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 10:49:32 AM CST RT @aidybryant: you know how dogs brush their teeth by eating a cookie? can I do that?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 10:47:22 AM CST RT @nationaljournal: How does your state's imprisonment rate stack up against the rest of the country? LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 10:43:11 AM CST RT @SilasAllen1: Have you gotten a bill lately from the North Texas Tollway Authority? Drop me a line: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 09:29:15 AM CST More Oklahoma babies living to their first birthday, although infant mortality still high among minorities LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 09:06:02 AM CST RT @chrismlusk: Pilot just said our flight's delayed bc of an issue w/ the door, but said "maintenance is coming to fix it w/ a can of WD-4…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 11 2014 10:39:14 PM CST .@SisuYouth opens day center for homeless teens and young adults in OKC metro LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 11 2014 08:30:15 PM CST @law_ware Any theories?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 11 2014 05:39:13 PM CST I keep accidentally typing "early electric deliveries," instead of "early elective deliveries." #HealthReporterProblems