Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • 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...

  • A blood test can cost from $10 to $10,000 in Calif. hospitals, according to a study

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Imagine walking into a hospital and being charged more than $10,000 for a blood test to check your cholesterol level. Imagine then going to another hospital in the same state and being charged $10 for the same test. That’s what a team led by a researcher at the University of California at...

  • 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 governor’s office releases e-mails previously withheld from public

    BY RICK M. GREEN | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Politics, pragmatism are front and center in new email release from Oklahoma’s governor.

  • NJ Hospital Charges Man Nearly $9K to Bandage Cut Finger

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    A New Jersey hospital charged a teacher nearly $9,000 to put a bandage on his middle finger, an NBC 4 New York I-Team investigation has found. Last August, Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski, of Bayonne, accidentally cut his finger with the claw-end of a hammer. He says he waited a few days for...

  • 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.

  • Couple splits up to stay insured

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    The day Linda Drain put baby's breath in her hair and said "I do," she had no idea that government policies would tear her apart from her husband, according to The Tennessean. But 33 years later, she and her husband, Larry Drain, separated so she could keep her health insurance. Six months into...

  • Hillary Clinton Slams 'Deeply Disturbing' Hobby Lobby Decision

    Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Monday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling that some employers can refuse to provide contraception despite a federal insurance mandate, according to Business Insider. "I find it deeply disturbing that we are going in that...

  • Obamacare subsidies push cost of health law above projections

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up some 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act may push the cost of the law considerably above current projections, a new federal report indicates. Nearly 9 in 10 Americans who bought...

  • Judge rules for Oklahoma governor in records dispute

    BY NOLAN CLAY AND RICK GREEN, Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin withheld a number of documents relating a decision on Obamacare. Tuesday, a judge ruled the documents were covered under deliberative process privilege.

  • Obamacare update: Oklahomans paid $75 a month for health insurance after tax credits

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Oklahomans who used tax credits to buy health insurance through the federal marketplace paid an average premium of $75 per month, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Oklahoma City Cuddlers provide emotional support to sick babies at OU Children's Hospital

    By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Hank Kuhlman is the only man currently serving as a volunteer cuddler at OU Children’s Hospital. The Cuddlers program brings members of the community into the hospital to provide socialization and hands on caring cuddles for babies in the NICU.

  • U.S. says 2.2 million Obamacare enrollees have data problems

    Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    (Reuters) - About 2.2 million people, or more than one in every four Americans who signed up for private health coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, have inconsistent data in their applications that could lead to them losing coverage in isolated cases, officials said on...

  • Uninsured Norman man dies because he feared cost of calling 911, neighbor says

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    It was only about a month ago when a Norman police officer came to Lori’s door and told her that her friend was dead. Lori’s friend, Allen, a 53-year-old therapist, had lived next to her for about six months, and the two had become close. They enjoyed talking about movies and books. It was...

  • Federal funds earmarked to offset Affordable Care Act insurer losses

    Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature healthcare law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money. The move was buried in hundreds...

  • Concussion, years of playing football linked to brain injury in local study

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Years of playing football and experiencing concussions were correlated with slower reaction times and a certain area of the brain becoming smaller, according to a study of University of Tulsa football players conducted by the Laureate Institute of Brain Research in Tulsa. The results of the study...

  • Edmond doctor designs office to calm, welcome patients

    By Paula Burkes, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Internist Susan Dimick says southwest art give her peace, grounds her to her Oklahoma roots.

  • 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.

  • Insurer Admits Nearly 1,000 Doctors Wrongly Placed On Covered California Provider List

    Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Two months after KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch first reported about some doctors listed on the Covered California exchange were actually not accepting the plans, insurer Anthem Blue Cross admitted that nearly 1,000 doctors were erroneously listed. According to a statement by the...

  • Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    JULIE PACE, AP | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration after the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a White House official said Thursday. Her resignation comes just one week after the end of the first...

  • New Technical Woes Hobble Health-Insurance Sign-Ups at Zero Hour

    Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    New problems in the federal health-insurance website stymied some of the hundreds of thousands of Americans trying to sign up at the last minute, prompting health plans and officials to brace for the complex task of enrolling people after Monday's official deadline. The HealthCare.gov site for 36...

  • White House: 7 million have signed up under ACA

    Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    More than 7 million people have signed up for health care coverage through federal and state exchanges created under President Obama's signature health care law, according to USA TODAY. With the announcement that came hours after the March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage, the Obama...

  • Obamacare tops 6 million signups

    Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    More than 6 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as a crush of people raced to get health insurance before the March 31 deadline. President Obama announced the milestone Thursday in a call with enrollment counselors and outreach volunteers, who are undertaking an intense marketing drive...

  • State Rep. Anastasia Pittman: Expand telemedicine in Oklahoma

    BY state REP. ANASTASIA PITTMAN | Updated: Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    Although I supported the Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma, I can read the writing on the wall: Most Oklahomans don’t support the expansion. This doesn’t mean we can drop the discussion of health policy in Oklahoma when the March 31 deadline is quickly approaching for those who are eligible to...

  • Connecticut looks to sell its Obamacare exchange to other states

    Published: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    Kevin Counihan, the CEO of , is walking through the 15th floor of a downtown Hartford office building that houses Connecticut's health insurance marketplace. He passes the legal department, the IT folks and the consultants, then stops in front of three large, wall-mounted computer screens. "These...



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