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.


  • For Oklahomans with asthma, ozone days can make it hard to breathe

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City metro-area ranks No. 15 for the highest number of high ozone days reported out of 220 metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a recent report from the American Lung Association.

  • Oklahoma mental health agency places moratorium on Medicaid contracts for some therapists

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services board voted at its meeting Friday to approve a moratorium on any new contracts to licensed professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists or any other master's-level clinicians who work in private practice and want to provide services to SoonerCare patients.

  • Oklahomans with subsidies rejoice in keeping coverage

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Jessica Rollins is one of thousands of Oklahomans who have received subsidies to pay for health insurance they buy through the federally run marketplace. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, ruling that Americans who buy health insurance through the marketplace are entitled to receive taxpayer subsidies.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 17 in births to unmarried mothers

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Oklahoma saw the 17th highest percentage in the U.S. in 2014 of births to unmarried mothers, according to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  About 42 percent of births in Oklahoma in 2014 — 22,511 births — were to unmarried mothers.  Meanwhile, the nationwide share of births to unmarried mothers decreased in 2014, marking the first decrease in almost 20 years, the Pew Research Center reports. Oklahoma also has one of the lowest rates of children who live with both of their married, biological parents. You can read the full report on births to unmarried mothers here.

  • VA heart program to close — again

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Oklahoma City VA hospital to temporarily close heart surgery program summary: The VA hospital in Oklahoma City will stop heart procedures and surgeries starting July 1.

  • Oklahoma Medicaid providers will not see rate cuts this year

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    After fervent feedback from the medical community, state Medicaid leaders decided they will not reduce provider rates as part of the cuts they will make to balance the agency's budget.  Previously, Oklahoma Health Care Authority leaders proposed cutting the amount it pays nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Under the agency's first proposal, these midlevel providers would be paid 85 percent of what the agency pays physicians — medical doctors and osteopathic physicians. However, a few weeks after a heated meeting about the proposed provider rate cuts, the agency announced it would instead recommend cutting the fee-for-service rates for physician assistants and nurse

  • Urine trouble: Oklahoma Medicaid agency sees soaring costs with drug testing

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Nico Gomez, Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO, said the agency has seen more than a 700 percent increase since 2011 in costs associated with urine drug testing.

  • Oklahoma City teacher helps students with mental illness see hope in their futures

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Jason Erickson teaches middle and high school students who are patients at Integris Mental Health Spencer. He’s one of 45 Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers who work in mental health institutions, county jails and juvenile detention centers across the metro.

  • Overdose drug enters stores

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Naloxone is available at 34 pharmacies in Oklahoma and doesn't require a prescription from a physician. The drug can help counteract an overdose in opiate users.

  • Naloxone available in Oklahoma without a prescription

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Over the past 12 years, Oklahoma has seen the overall number of overdose deaths from prescription drugs more than double, and the number of deaths due to hydrocodone and oxycodone more than quadruple. Oklahomans across the state have lost their lives to prescription drug overdose —  moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents and a […]

  • Oklahoma has one of the lowest rates of children in two-parent households

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Only 39 percent of Oklahoma children live with both of their married, biological parents, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census data. As David Leonhardt, New York Times Upshot editor, points out: These patterns -- which come from a new analysis of census data -- are important because evidence suggests that children usually benefit from growing up with two parents. It's probably not a coincidence, for instance, that the states with more two-parent families also have higher rates of upward mobility. Talking about the advantages of two-parent families can be awkward, I realize, because it can seem to dismiss the heroic work that so

  • Oklahoma ranks high for preventable injury deaths, report shows

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Oklahoma has the third highest rate in the U.S. of residents dying from largely preventable injuries, such as drug overdoses, homicides, motor vehicle crashes and suicides.

  • #WhatIfOKC: Residents tweet about how to make OKC better place for all

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Twitterverse is optimistic today.

  • Even with budget cuts, mental health commissioner expects no Oklahomans will fully lose services

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Last year, the state’s mental health agency faced cutting about $20 million from its budget after not receiving its full budget request from the Legislature. Leaders at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services estimated that thousands would lose services if the Legislature didn’t provide $21 million in additional state appropriations. The agency proposed […]

  • Oklahoma floods: Tips for evacuating flooded areas

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. May was the rainiest month ever recorded in Oklahoma. Floodwaters can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. It’s important to be prepared as the state continues to see more and more rainfall. The state Health Department provided the following tips to stay safe during the rainy weather: Be prepared to evacuate flood-prone areas. An evacuation plan should consist of multiple escape routes in case roads are blocked. Evacuation plans should also take into account people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, pets and even livestock. When evacuation is not possible before floodwaters reach a your immediate area, it is important to first call 911

  • Nurse practitioners, physician assistants face 5 percent rate cut from state Medicaid agency

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The state’s Medicaid agency updated its list of proposed budget cuts, including how much of a rate cut nurse practitioners and physician assistants could face in the coming state fiscal year. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority will recommend lowering the fee-for-service rates for physician assistants and nurse practitioners by 5 percent. In May, health care providers expressed concerns about the Oklahoma […]

  • Mental health transport crises: Back of police car may not be best solution, experts say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Under Oklahoma law, law enforcement are the designated means of transportation for taking residents to and from mental health facilities when it's determined that those residents are a danger to themselves or others.

  • Educators need to include teens with disabilities in sex ed courses, advocates for students say

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staf‌f Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Elijah McNabb was one of 20 students who attended the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Youth Leadership Forum, a weeklong training that focuses on empowering high school juniors and seniors who have disabilities.

  • Black, Hispanic men neglect treatment of mental health

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writerjcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics found that black and Hispanic men ages 18 to 44 are less likely than white men to get mental health treatment.

  • Oklahoma hospital charges patients almost 10 times cost of care, report says

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    A Durant hospital charges uninsured patients almost 10 times the actual cost of their medical care, the Washington Post reports. The Medical Center of Southeast Oklahoma is among 50 hospitals across the United States that have the “highest markup of all 5,000 hospitals in the United States,” Gerard Anderson, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg […]




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:46 AM One of the reasons I bike to work when I can -- For Oklahomans with asthma, ozone days can make it hard to breathe LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Jun. 27 2015 08:39:16 AM CST RT @NAMIEDOK: Oklahoma mental health agency places moratorium on Medicaid contracts for some therapists | News OK .@jaclyncosgrove http://…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:52:55 PM CST RT @SkewTee: Storms in the Ouachita Mtns. Pic from Van Buren, AR. If u look close u can see the Mamatus. @5NEWSGarrett #arwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 01:02:57 PM CST Staring at my phone and mentally willing people to call me back isn't working. New tactic needed. #OnDeadline
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 01:00:18 PM CST @holleym @prsaokc @gangrey Cool!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 12:59:45 PM CST RT @NewsOKPolitics: Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage a national right LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 10:22:55 AM CST RT @OKDOT: We'll be live tweeting Sen. James Inhofe's Tulsa press conference. #transportation
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 10:19:41 AM CST RT @KOSUMichaelC: Headlines for @KOSURadio via @jaclyncosgrove @SilasAllen1 @nourhb @JonesingToWrite @dsmootMPhx @kaelynn_k @rkrehbiel http…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 10:01:22 AM CST @TrynKeepUp Yes. I was honestly confused. Going to ask about it at the end of the meeting.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:58:29 AM CST RT @oid411: .@CommJohnDoak interview with @OKCFox: "We can't remain at the top of the list for the number of uninsured motorist." LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:47:10 AM CST @OKWatchMScott I'm trying not to cry tears of joy while covering this meeting! Thank you, kind friend :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:38:18 AM CST @ashertime There's a lot of sad stories of Oklahomans who can't get mental health services until they're very, very sick.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:37:28 AM CST @ashertime @TerriWhiteOK Oklahoma ranks No. 2 in adults with serious mental illness & any mental illness and No. 46 in funding mental health
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:34:25 AM CST @benfelder_okg Best of luck to you, sir!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:32:56 AM CST Carrie Slatton-Hodges, @ODMHSASINFO deputy commish, says agency has seen percent of people they serve who smoke go from 75% to 49%.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:31:32 AM CST .@TerriWhiteOK: 44% of cigarettes smoked in U.S. are smoked by people with mental illness. @ODMHSASINFO works with @OklahomaTSET to help.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:25:04 AM CST .@TerriWhiteOK: 1/2 of mental illnesses emerge by age 14. Oklahoma must focus on early intervention to help stop problems before they start.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:22:41 AM CST .@TerriWhiteOK says more Oklahomans died last year by suicide than from car crashes on Oklahoma's roads, bridges and highways.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:21:32 AM CST RT @NewsOKPolitics: Here's the same-sex marriage opinion: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:21:30 AM CST RT @NewsOKPolitics: Same-sex marriage a national right, high court rules LINK

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