Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • 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...

  • Podiatrist: New medical coding system is a nightmare in waiting

    | Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    For a moment, forget about Obamacare and the negative impact it’s having on our health care system. Instead, let’s focus on something that few outside of the health care industry know about. It’s an enormously complex numeric coding system known as ICD-10 that doctors and hospitals must use...

  • ObamaCare and My Mother's Cancer Medicine

    Published: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    When my mother was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer in 2005, when she was 49, it came as a lightning shock. Her mother, at 76, had yet to go gray, and her mother's mother, at 95, was still playing bingo in her nursing home. My mother had always been, despite her diminutive frame, a titanic and...

  • Oklahoma governor urges health precautions for flu

    | Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin is urging Oklahomans to take health precautions and get vaccinated as the flu season continues. The Oklahoma Department of Health says 33 Oklahomans have died from the flu since late September. The agency also reports that 975 have been hospitalized since the flu season began....

  • Under proposed bill, Oklahoma hospitals would have to post prices online

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    House Bill 2400 would also report how much someone without insurance would have to pay.

  • Is team name change more imporant than national debt?

    | Updated: Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Regarding "Cole protests NFL team name again" (News, Feb. 11): Nirvana has finally arrived! All our large pressing problems — Obamacare, runaway federal spending, huge national debt, immigration — have finally been solved! Now that all our problems are behind us, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, can...

  • Obamacare exemptions prove law's folly

    | Updated: Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    IN his first inaugural address in 1869, President Ulysses S. Grant declared, “Laws are to govern all alike — those opposed as well as those who favor them. I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.” Apparently, President Barack...



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