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


  • OU Medical Center launches extra fee for nonemergency care in ER

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    OU Medical Center officials announced Tuesday that, starting this week, adult patients assessed in the hospital’s emergency room who don’t have emergency medical needs will be charged — either their copay or $200 if they are uninsured — if they choose to still receive care through the ER after that assessment.

  • What's it like: To get trauma-based counseling

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, May 11, 2014

    Traumatic events can cause feelings of helplessness, anxiety and aggression, and trauma can leave a lasting impression on a person’s mind and body. Emotional trauma is known to be a physical injury because important parts of the body are affected.

  • Oklahoma experts explain how allergy shots work

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 10, 2014

    For Oklahomans who suffer from allergies, allergy shot therapy, which have been found to be at least somewhat effective in a majority of patients, may provide relief.

  • Elk City soon to be another Oklahoma community without a psychiatrist

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Once Dr. Leland Dennis retires, patients in Elk City, Oklahoma, and the surrounding area will have to look elsewhere for mental health care.

  • Oklahoma has one of largest telemedicine networks for mental health

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Oklahoma has one of the largest mental health telemedicine networks in the country, serving thousands of Oklahomans who otherwise might not have access to services, health leaders say. About 27,000 Oklahomans received treatment through the state’s mental health network of 140 locations that provide access to psychiatrists and other professionals via a computer screen.

  • Oklahoma Medicaid agency braces itself for potential budget cuts

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 8, 2014

    Leaders of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma’s Medicaid agency, discussed at the agency’s board meeting Thursday what the agency might cut from its budget if the state Legislature doesn’t approve a budget increase for the next budget cycle.

  • What's it like: To be shot with a gun

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 4, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: From 2004 to 2010, there were 60 confirmed unintentional firearm deaths in Oklahoma, an average of 9 deaths per year. Half of those deaths were among men and boys 25 years old and younger.

  • Oklahoma's Medicaid program has grown almost 5 percent since marketplace opened

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 1, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that 38,278 Oklahomans enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, from Oct. 1 to March 31.

  • Oklahoma has the second-highest health care enrollment of American Indians

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 1, 2014

    Oklahoma has the second-highest concentration of American Indians who have selected private health insurance plans through the federal marketplace, according to data released Thursday.

  • How Oklahoma's execution drugs work

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 30, 2014

    The three drugs used in a botched execution of convicted killer Clayton Derrell Lockett on Tuesday likely did not perform as intended, potentially leaving him “paralyzed and burning” until his death, one pharmacology expert said Wednesday.

  • Nonprofit health policy group ranks Oklahoma's health system among worst in nation

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 29, 2014

    New York-based Commonwealth Fund says Oklahoma fails to provide access to care and preventive care for adults and children, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • Outlook 2014: State agencies join social media accounts, within limits

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    State agencies are only allowed to use a short list of social media platforms, although there have been longterm efforts to increase that number.

  • Outlook 2014: Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation advances science through medical technology

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    In 30 years, scientists will likely look back and say, “And that took you how long?” That’s what many scientists are doing today, looking back at processes that used to take days that now only take a few hours and cost a fraction of the money. Dr. Stephen Prescott, president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, answered a few questions about how OMRF continues to advance science and medicine in Oklahoma, using some of the latest technologies available.

  • Outlook 2014: Combating Oklahoma's infant mortality rate, one text at a time

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    Text4baby is a nationwide initiative that provides pregnant women and new mothers with health information in the form of text messages. Oklahoma has been a noted leader in implementing the program.

  • Health Q&A: Mammogram's timing causes debate

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Apr 26, 2014

    Dr. Alan Hollingsworth, medical director of Mercy Women’s Center, answers a few questions about his perspective on when women should start being screened for breast cancer.

  • Report: Prescription drug monitoring program should be open to third-party insurers, including Medicaid

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    If insurance companies and state Medicaid agencies had access to state prescription drug monitoring programs, they could use that data to help prevent prescription drug overdoses and deaths, according to a study released Tuesday.

  • Oklahoma nonprofit Variety Care focuses on role as medical home

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Variety Care is a nonprofit community health center with locations in Oklahoma City, Norman and several rural communities and provides medical, dental and behavioral health along with vision and prescription services.

  • Oklahoma insurance commissioner meets with President Obama to discuss looming insurance rate hikes

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    State Insurance Commissioner John Doak was among several state regulators who met with President Barack Obama and other senior staff to discuss a variety of pending healthcare issues.

  • Without funding, program for children with autism faces unsure future

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Early Foundations, a specialized program for children with autism, faces a questionable future after losing $420,000 in federal budget cuts, leaving the program that has helped more than 30 children with autism to scramble for money via private donations and residents.

  • Rural Oklahoma: How far do you drive for groceries?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    I’m working on a story about rural communities that are considered food deserts, and I want to know: How far do you drive for groceries?




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 09:53:18 PM CST RT @PsyPost: People more willing to disclose experience of mental health problems, survey finds LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 09:48:37 PM CST @dustbury Sitting for long hours is bad, too, regardless of the position. I am adding it to the growing list of things that might kill me.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 09:09:24 PM CST In writing about blood clots, I read you could develop a clot "crossing your legs for long periods when sitting." That ends that bad habit.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 05:26:45 PM CST @briantedjones I am from near McAlester and really don't get it. People in SEOK aren't scary. They just want to be left the hell alone.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 05:00:43 PM CST I was at a party recently where a guy said there were "really scary" people in southeast Oklahoma. I laughed really hard.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 04:58:30 PM CST @lancelang You are on my list of people to holler back at ;) Thank you!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 04:34:39 PM CST RT @OklahomaToday: Anyone who loves dogs will love today's editor's blog. LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 11:52:25 AM CST RT @NewsOK: Picture this: #MyOklahoma's first year LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 11:22:07 AM CST @RussFlorence (It was for a month because I was at the Sand Springs Leader and the Glenpool newspaper needed an editor for a quick minute)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 11:21:24 AM CST @RussFlorence I was editor at Glenpool Post for a month. It was a blast. Community journalism is incredibly rewarding when done well.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 11:06:15 AM CST RIP @BixbyBulletin @JenksJournal and @GlenpoolPost LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 31 2014 08:18:43 AM CST @julianakeeping I saw that! The lightning that hits those towers is always impressive.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 30 2014 10:37:15 PM CST @dbsaokcreative I would love to chat more about your group. Also, join us at https://t.co/gF8OaVqvap
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 30 2014 10:34:16 PM CST RT @dbsaokcreative: @YucatanTacosOKC We use creative activities to express ourselves in a peer to peer support group or those with depressi…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 30 2014 10:34:14 PM CST RT @dbsaokcreative: Free Art Support Group for those with Depression and/or Bipolar disorder
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 30 2014 10:32:48 PM CST @marywallerpr That was my view from my summer job as a 16-year-old
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 30 2014 07:57:39 PM CST @B_Schmidt I have to deal with people who send huge attachments that keep me from doing anything relevant.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 30 2014 06:39:12 PM CST The view from my dad's office is a lot more interesting than mine. #Oklahoma #myoklahoma #farmer… LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 30 2014 06:25:19 PM CST @julianakeeping Among the things I am thankful for today, it's that none of you soccer players were just struck by lightning.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 30 2014 06:23:48 PM CST I pray my children never have to deal with limits ... on the size of their work email inboxes. It's a real struggle.