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 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?

  • Rural vs. urban: Understanding the obstacles of providing emergency care in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Regardless of where emergency care is being delivered, it must be well managed and organized to ensure the best results, said Dr. Eric Beck, associate chief medical officer at American Medical Response and Evolution Health.

  • What's it like: To be treated in a hyperbaric chamber

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Inside a hyerbaric chamber, the patient breathes only pure oxygen. This increases the rate oxygen is spread through the rest of the body.

  • Blanchard panel tables decision on home for addicts

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The Blanchard planning commission Thursday night tabled its decision on whether to recommend rezoning land for a 90-day residential home for men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.

  • Oklahoma House panel chairman turns his back on 'doctor-shopping' measure

    By Warren Vieth, Oklahoma Watch and Jaclyn Cosgrove, The Oklahoman | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    A bill designed to address a key contributor in Oklahoma’s prescription drug overdose crisis was derailed Tuesday by Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso.

  • Blanchard residents rally against proposed rehabilitation center

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Second Story Ranch is a proposed 90-day residential home designed to help men who have completed 30 days of inpatient substance abuse treatment. The recovery home would be near the outskirts of Blanchard. Some residents have taken issue with the home’s proximity to neighborhoods.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:25 AM @B_Schmidt Thank you! I really appreciate that, friend.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:23 AM I've officially registered for the Dallas #ToughMudder. @McCoyMatthewD and @jennykarn, things are getting serious.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:21 AM “Get help, immediately,” she said. “Don’t let the feeling of the pills kill you.” LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 11:28:01 PM CST RT @ashapirodc: @jaclyncosgrove @nlm_news exhibit opens Tues @ChickasawNation LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 05:49:11 PM CST RT @OklahomaForum: Sun. 1pm: Mental Illness, Depression, Suicide with @jaclyncosgrove Mike Brose @MHAOKLA Lisa Harper @HeartLine @streuli …
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 02:51:31 PM CST @grahambrewer This ends here: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 02:43:55 PM CST @jaredbkeller Basically how I feel about people who stand on the left side of the escalator in D.C.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 02:28:06 PM CST @grahambrewer I don't have enough characters to express the rage you bring me.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 02:25:45 PM CST @grahambrewer How's the ride on the Stereotype Wagon? Bumpy?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 02:22:51 PM CST RT @Tiffanyg89: We're still collecting back-to-school photos to run in @TheOklahoman. Submit yours at LINK or through the…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 02:22:43 PM CST @grahambrewer Hush it, hippie.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 02:20:30 PM CST @B_Schmidt Haha. I will pretend to not get your joke.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 02:19:57 PM CST .@grahambrewer is sitting across from my cube, eating ice cream and telling me how delicious it is. He's a good friend.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 02:08:20 PM CST Sometimes when I look at the Devon Tower, I'm reminded of how I looked among the other girls in seventh grade. #TallGirlProbs
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 12:56:47 PM CST @B_Schmidt Thank you for sharing. Sadly, another person who could be part of @TreatmentAdvCtr's preventable tragedies database.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 11:09:41 AM CST If you're jogging in this awful August heat, and you realize the Google Street View Van is capturing your hot mess, smile and wave #protip
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 22 2014 10:42:52 AM CST #ICYMI: Number of Oklahoma counties where female life expectancy has decreased: 48; Number of counties among men: 1 LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Aug. 21 2014 11:09:50 PM CST @Millicentsomer I'm a vegan, so I don't eat HAM. ;-) ;-)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Aug. 21 2014 08:58:24 PM CST RT @WILLIAMCRUM: Hefner Canal goats have their own Twitter account this morning, @hefner_goats - their motto is "All we can eat" #OKC
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Aug. 21 2014 08:57:26 PM CST @RyanCroft @Tiffanyg89 And we even have a guest room!