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.

Jaclyn is a recipient of the 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. Jaclyn’s project is focused on low-income, uninsured Oklahomans diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders. She is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.


  • Mental illness and addiction is focus of Oklahoma City event

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Oklahomans in recovery for mental illness and addiction will share their stories at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at District House, 1755 NW 16, during an event hosted by The Oklahoman.

  • Oklahoma mental health agency considers cutting private-practice counselors from SoonerCare

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    Under the proposed rule change for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, licensed behavioral health professionals — including licensed marriage and family therapists, behavioral practitioners, professional counselors, and alcohol and drug counselors — who work in private practice would no longer be covered under SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program for low-income children and adults.

  • Integris Health announces partnership with Mayo Clinic

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Integris Health announced Thursday that it will join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a system that connects physicians across the U.S. with other specialists who can offer guidance, among other services.

  • Oklahoma continues to see high teen birth rate, despite historic low rates in U.S.

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    Oklahoma continues to see one of the highest teen birth rates in the country, despite progress made to decrease that rate, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Oklahoma was among 21 states that saw its birth rate among girls and women ages 15 to 19 decrease between 30 percent and 39.9 percent from 2007 to 2014. The U.S. overall saw a 42 percent decrease. That decline meant a historic low in 2014 for the number of U.S. teenage girls giving birth, continuing a downward trend in teen birth rates since 1991, BuzzFeed reports. However, despite progress seen in the state, Oklahoma's birth rate in 2014 among teenage girls ages 15 to 17 was one of the highest in the

  • Weather mix, quakes greet Edmond visitors

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 29, 2015

    EDMOND — As Kim Burrows and her family crossed over the Red River into Oklahoma, they could see dark clouds forming. On their way to Edmond to visit family, they faced torrential rains on the interstate. Then came the ice and snow once they arrived. And then, the earthquakes. When the first earthquake hit Sunday night, the family wasn't quite sure what was happening. Burrows and her family peeked out their hotel room doors to find other curious hotel guests. “Grandma — my mom — thought it was a bunch of big ol' football teenage boys running up and down the hall, so she was going out to say, ‘Settle down!'” said Burrows, 44, of Kingwood, Texas. And then they felt their second quake Tuesday,

  • Healthy 65: Five ways to stay on your workout schedule during the holidays

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Dec 18, 2015

    I am 97 percent sure the following scenario has happened to me. I take a break from my exercise plan, telling myself it'll be "just during the holidays." Then I realize it's March, and I haven't been to the gym in weeks. It is surprisingly easy to slip in and out of the habit of exercising.  Although the holiday season is likely throwing your schedule off, here are some pointers to better ensure you stick with your healthy habits during this hectic time of year. 1. Make it it a priority This might sound really basic. And in theory, it is. But in practice, it can be a challenge. There are gifts to be wrapped. There are pies to be baked. There are so many things

  • Healthy 65: Consistent weight training will equal a 'Merry Liftmas'

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Dec 16, 2015

    Until this past fall, I hadn't ever paid much attention to the bench press or squat rack in the gym. In fact, I'm not sure I ever touched them. I was more of a weight-machines-and-Treadmill kind of girl.  But that changed this past summer when I started working with a trainer. Honestly, my main motivation was my wedding in late August. I had a dress to fit into. But after the wedding, I decided I needed a new goal. At first, I thought about running another half marathon, but overall, the idea didn't excite me. And then I thought about how I had always been interested in weightlifting but had never gotten serious about it.

  • What state budget cuts could mean for mental health services

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    State officials expect next year's budget hole to be about $900 million, and that dwindling revenue collections this year will mean mid-year cuts to current agency dollars, the Associated Press reports. State agencies have been preparing for this news, with lawmakers holding preliminary budget hearings at the Capitol to prep agencies for the worst.  Terri White, commissioner at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, said at a hearing Wednesday that thousands of low-income, uninsured Oklahomans do not receive the mental health and substance abuse treatment they need, a problem that continues to worsen over time thanks to a chronically underfunded state mental

  • Budget cuts hurt SoonerCare, official warns

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    Cutting the rate that doctors and other medical professionals are paid to deliver care to SoonerCare members hurts not only the providers but also the patients, a state health leader told lawmakers Monday.

  • Oklahoma Medicaid agency votes to cut provider rates

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com. | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the state's Medicaid program, gave its proposal for how the agency can save money in fiscal year 2017.

  • Less than half of adult Oklahomans who need mental health services get them, leader says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Dec 9, 2015

    Thousands of low-income, uninsured Oklahomans do not receive the mental health and substance abuse treatment they need, a problem that continues to worsen over time thanks to a chronically underfunded state mental health system, a state health leader said Wednesday.

  • 'Good Samaritan' law for overdose victims is expected in next Oklahoma legislative session

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Oklahoma health leaders will support a "Good Samaritan" law in the coming legislative session that would provide some legal protections to people who seek emergency medical help for drug overdoses.

  • OKC Thunder fan brings joy to Children's Hospital patients

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Wanda Faye Campbell, 83, donated more than 350 knit hats Monday to the young patients at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Some also will receive blankets in what has become a yearly tradition for the Oklahoma City Thunder fan from Healdton.

  • Costello family struggled for years to help son with mental illness, long before tragedy at Braum's

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    Christian Costello, 27, who is accused of killing his father, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, was in and out of treatment centers for mental illness for years, his mother, Cathy Costello says.

  • Former Oklahoma House Speaker: Oklahoma County jail is a 'debtor's prison'

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove and William Crum | Updated: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    Panelists discussed criminal justice reform at a Greater Oklahoma City Chamber-sponsored forum Wednesday at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Jon Tarman

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Jon Tarman, 42,  of Oklahoma City, considers volunteering a crucial part of his self-care plan in his recovery from mental health issues.  Tarman volunteers at Lottie House, a drop-in center in Oklahoma City for adults living with mental illness, substance use disorders or homelessness. As a volunteer certified recovery support specialist, Tarman helps promote a safe and inviting environment at Lottie House with the goal of helping reduce isolation among Lottie House visitors, a common problem that people with mental illnesses can face.

  • Soni Parsons, Giving more than thanks

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Counselor helps homeless people.

  • Oklahoma's youth drug overdose death rate has tripled over the past decade

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Oklahoma had the 14th highest rate of youth drug overdose deaths in the nation from 2011 to 2013, with a rate of nine deaths per 100,000 youth, ages 12 to 25, according to a report released Thursday. Meanwhile, the national rate was seven deaths per 100,000. Additionally, Oklahoma was one of 12 states that saw its youth drug overdose death rate triple over the past 10 years. The increase in youth drug overdose deaths is largely tied to increases in prescription drug misuse and the related doubling in heroin use by 18- to 25-year-olds in the past 10 years, according to the report from Trust for America's Health. An estimated 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription

  • Oklahoma hospital fights Blue Cross over insurance contract

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove The Oklahoman Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Bristow Medical Center opened the Center for Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Excellence in Jenks in July, but is unable to accept Blue Cross patients because the insurer has so far denied the hospital a contract.

  • Too many Oklahoma babies born too soon, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    One out of every 10 babies born in Oklahoma in 2014 were born preterm, putting them at a higher risk for developing serious health complications and dying before their first birthday, a report released Thursday shows. Oklahoma received a "C" from the March of Dimes in the the organization's annual report about preterm birth rate. "Our state is not doing as well as we could in preventing premature births, and too many of our babies must fight to overcome the health challenges of an early birth," Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree, a neonatologist The Children’s Hospital, said in a news release. "Premature birth is the No. 1 killer of babies, and many of our families still face that reality.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:00 PM Oklahoma has the highest teen birth rate in U.S. among Hispanic teens (and among highest for white and black teens) https://t.co/IpMKOOrF4W
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 2:32 PM Oklahoma sees high teen birth rates among white, black and Hispanic teens https://t.co/IpMKOOrF4W https://t.co/aiEKMv9JNK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:14 PM Questions remain regarding proposed Medicaid reform plan in Oklahoma, despite widespread support https://t.co/Cybsssci9j
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 01 2016 04:25:47 PM CST @timekiller_s 😀👍👊 Thank you!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 01 2016 04:25:25 PM CST @hillcienda Thank you! Very kind of you to say.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 01 2016 04:25:10 PM CST @stevelackmeyer Thank you so much! Congrats on your awards!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 01 2016 04:05:55 PM CST RT @NAMIEDOK: Questions remain regarding proposed Medicaid reform plan in Oklahoma despite widespread support via @jaclyncosgrove https://t
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:32:09 PM CST Good to go! Come hang out with @okcimprov at our shows tonight at 7:30 and 9:30. I'm performing at 7:30 :) https://t.co/6JAdcGKr55
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Apr. 29 2016 11:50:01 AM CST "Before these cuts, we could only serve one out of every three individuals that needed help. This widens that gap" https://t.co/ldHQGeVzlm
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 10:21:34 PM CST .@oksoonercare board approves reductions that will limit mental health care access https://t.co/XaquX8Q5jG #mhinOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 02:10:24 PM CST @PRCowboy @OKPolicy @oksoonercare You can find that in the agenda here: https://t.co/qcgAfwuYtM
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 02:09:40 PM CST .@TerriWhiteOK, re: Medicaid Rebalancing Act of 2020: "At the moment, that is the only hope out there" for behavioral health services money
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:50:26 PM CST .@TerriWhiteOK says in recent years, agencies saw millions of dollars in cuts. Independent counselors were protected until now.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:49:30 PM CST .@TerriWhiteOK to @oksoonercare board says with these cuts, Oklahoma will see higher numbers of people in ERs, @OKDHS system, prisons.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:47:39 PM CST .@oksoonercare approves 15% rate cut for residential psychiatric services for Medicaid members.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:40:24 PM CST .@oksoonercare board approves 10% rate cut to behavioral health licensure candidates in outpatient clinics.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:39:06 PM CST .@oksoonercare board approves 10% rate cut to psychologists in independent practice who treat Medicaid members.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:37:40 PM CST .@oksoonercare board approves 30 percent rate cut to independent counselors and therapists who serve Medicaid members.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:33:08 PM CST WIthout discussion, @oksoonercare board approves 3% rate cut to freestanding psychiatric hospitals who provide care to Medicaid patients
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:27:48 PM CST WIthout discussion, @oksoonercare board approves rule placing further limits on therapy low-income Oklahomans can receive through Medicaid

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