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.


  • Glitches delay Medicaid enrollment for former foster kids in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    An estimated 2,300 former foster youth are eligible to remain on the state’s Medicaid program until age 26, although some will have coverage through other means and not need the state plan. That change in eligibility is thanks to a provision of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, that expanded the Medicaid program to allow young people who were in foster care when they turned 18 to remain on the state health insurance coverage plan until age 26.

  • American Cancer Society report says Oklahoma lags behind in combating cancer, providing care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Despite Oklahoma’s measures to fight cancer, the state got poor marks in a national report released Thursday from American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.

  • Oklahoma's teen birth rate remains high, decreasing at a lower rate than most states

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Teen childbearing in the United States has been declining for years. However, over the past 20 years, Oklahoma has seen its teen birth rate decrease more slowly than most other states.

  • OKC Public Schools swears in first Hispanic woman to serve school board

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    At Monday night’s Oklahoma City Public Schools board meeting, Gloria Torres became the first Hispanic woman to serve on the board.

  • What's it like: To suffer a mental health crisis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Symptoms of a mental health crisis can include neglect of personal hygiene; dramatic change in sleep habits; weight gain or loss; decline in performance at work or school; noticeable mood changes, such as irritability, anger, anxiety or sadness; and withdrawal from routine activities and relationships.

  • Large need seen for American Indians, other minorities as organ donors in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    For two years, Tim Bishop, a 41-year-old Oklahoman from Stilwell, waited for a kidney transplant. He wants to raise awareness about American Indians signing up to be organ donors.

  • Oklahoma's rural hospitals work to stay open, viable

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, rural hospitals often are small, with a low volume of services, and have difficulty remaining financially viable under the regular hospital prospective payment system. But officials of Oklahoma’s rural hospitals are trying to change that.

  • West Nile virus activity remains low in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma’s first case of West Nile was confirmed in early July in a Major County resident older than 50 who was hospitalized because of symptoms of the virus. Since then, the state Health Department has not confirmed any other West Nile virus activity in humans.

  • CDC awards more than $1 million to Oklahoma to advance prescription drug overdose prevention

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that Oklahoma will receive more than $1 million over the next three years to help prevent prescription drug overdoses and address the patient and prescribing behaviors that drive it.

  • Oklahomans with serious mental illness who qualify for Medicaid to benefit from 'health home' model

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Oklahoma adults with serious mental illness are dying 25 years younger than the general population. The state’s mental health agency hopes to help change that through better health care integration.

  • Oklahoma babies are breast-fed at lower rates than most of the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Oklahoma babies are breast-fed at some of the lowest rates in the nation, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

  • Should Oklahomans be worried about Ebola?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Cynthia Harry, an epidemiologist with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, said Oklahomans have little to no risk of contracting Ebola, especially if they have no plans to travel to West Africa.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn begins final series of town hall meetings

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    A crowd of about 170 people at Oklahoma City Community College on Monday night asked a range of questions and were responsive to Sen. Tom Coburn’s answers. Many applauded. A handful yelled at him, and a few attempted debate.

  • COPD can make extreme temperatures in Oklahoma and elsewhere difficult

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Many people with COPD notice that their symptoms worsen with weather changes, such as fronts coming through, more humidity or impending rain or snow, according to the COPD Foundation. People with COPD sometimes have trouble breathing in cold weather, which can cause shortness of breath. And the heat might also be troublesome.

  • What's it like: To have blood clots

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Blood clotting is a normal process that the body uses to seal small cuts on blood vessel walls to stop bleeding. But sometimes a blood clot can build up in an artery or vein and result in a life-threatening situation.

  • Increased Medicaid copayments prove difficult for Oklahoma man

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    John Thorson, 60, is one of thousands of Oklahomans on the state’s Medicaid program who saw the amount of money they pay for prescriptions increase over the past month.

  • Rural Oklahoma medical clinic struggles to find doctors

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Because of federal sequestration, funding of the National Health Service Corps program was cut by $15 million, or 5.1 percent, in 2014, according to the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

  • Special Care in Oklahoma City helps those with needs learn valuable life lessons

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Bri Johnson, 8, has learned many lessons about self-esteem, thanks in part to almost seven years that she has spent in programs at Special Care, an early childhood education center in Oklahoma City with specialized care and therapeutic services for children with and without special needs.

  • What's it like: To suffer sleep deprivation

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: A variety of life circumstances can cause a person to not sleep well. Sleep problems are one of the most common reasons someone might see a primary care doctor.

  • After more than a month, Oklahoma City VA hospital heart program still closed

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

    Since October, five heart patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center died within 30 days of their surgeries.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 06:15:24 PM CST RT @MHAOKLA: New #MentalHealth hospital coming to #OKC. State really needs more psychiatric beds for low-income LINK @jac…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:26:52 PM CST @Rayke There has never been a better YOLO image.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:26:13 PM CST @OKBizzy That is the concern voiced by @MHAOKLA
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:25:35 PM CST @Rayke I can't decide which image is worse. These two tie. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 12:56:58 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: DOC attorney Mike Oakley: there was significant pressure from both Gov. Fallin & AG Pruitt's offices to get the execution…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 12:55:43 PM CST RT @jburns18: ICYMI: Check out the great work @jaclyncosgrove did documenting Oklahoma's mental health care crisis LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:26:26 PM CST RT @dezhill: RT@ezraklein Old posters warning about what will happen if we let women vote: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:25:59 PM CST RT @Okieprof: #clarkclass summary of comments by and on @MikeSherman, on LINK @dezhill @HeideWrite
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:23:19 PM CST RT @smoughts: You guys. Remember today? LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:21:42 PM CST @erindemoss I felt relieved of my guilt for pressing that button.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:21:22 PM CST Citing 'tremendous need,' Kentucky-based company plans to build 72-bed mental health hospital in Oklahoma City LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 05:29:38 PM CST @erindemoss @Radiolab I felt less like a jerk for hitting that button
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:42:55 PM CST After listening to @Radiolab's "Buttons," I asked the elevator repair men at work if the close-door button is hooked up. Nope. Not at all.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:34:02 PM CST RT @JennieMariel: @jaclyncosgrove I can neither confirm or deny if this was me.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 03:02:02 PM CST While scheduling a doctor's appointment -- Scheduler: Have you traveled outside the U.S. in the past... Me: I don't have Ebola.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 02:02:47 PM CST RT @Tiffanyg89: Company plans to build mental health hospital in Oklahoma City LINK #okhealth via @jaclyncosgrove
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 01:46:29 PM CST "I'm sorry. There's a gingerbread man at my door." -- Spokesperson, briefly distracted
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 01:06:21 PM CST @DrunkOKLegislat @stevelackmeyer Just trying to make you proud.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 12:56:18 PM CST @_nichole Personally, I love @picassocafe, but @goodeggdining has great options, too.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 12:54:42 PM CST RT @meganharris13: Pro tip: If you give someone your cell phone number to call back on deadline, turn on the phone.