Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • Oklahoma City VA surgeon questioned colleagues' skills years before heart program closure

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A little more than two years before federal authorities temporarily closed the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center’s heart program, a senior surgeon at the hospital voiced concerns about his fellow surgeons’ medical competencies.

  • American Indians with mental illness, substance abuse disorders should consider Obamacare plans, leaders say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Many American Indians don’t realize that if they’re members of federally recognized tribes, they aren’t restricted by an enrollment period to buy private health insurance through the federally run health insurance marketplace. Also, they can change insurance coverage plans up to once a month....

  • Treasury won't explain decision to make $3 billion in Obamacare payments

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations. At issue are payments to insurers...

  • Federal official urges rural Oklahomans to consider Obamacare coverage

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Amidst the looming coverage deadline, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urged rural Oklahomans, including farmers and ranchers, to consider buying insurance coverage through

  • Nearly 110,000 Oklahomans have signed up through federal health care marketplace

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Since open enrollment began on Nov. 15, about 7.75 million people nationwide have selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled through the platform, including 109,758 in Oklahoma. Last year, about 70,000 people in Oklahoma selected plans through the marketplace by the end of...

  • Free dental clinic in Tulsa expects to see about 2,400 people this weekend

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma Mission of Mercy free dental clinic began early Friday and was expected to see about 1,200 patients before the end of day. It will continue at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa. People began lining up nearly 24 hours before the event started. Read...

  • 3 facts you should know about Oklahoma babies born with drugs or alcohol in their system

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Nearly 400 Oklahoma babies born in 2014 were born addicted to drugs or alcohol. Here are 3 quick facts you should know about the issue.

  • 95,165 Oklahomans have signed up for coverage through Obamacare

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    As of early January, 95,165 Oklahomans have selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in a private health insurance plan through the federally run marketplace. The health insurance marketplace, created through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is a federally run service that allows...

  • British expats grade American healthcare system 'a pain'

    Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Scottish-born David Gray, a creative director based in Brooklyn, was “doubled-up coughing in the snow” when he fell out of love with the US healthcare system. Gray, on his employer-provided health insurance, needed a US doctor for a checkup. A colleague recommended a doctor’s office housed...

  • Since Obamacare, L.A. County ER visits show hospitals in 'state of flux'

    Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    A key measure of hospital emergency room use in Los Angeles County shows continued growth during the first six months of Obamacare, but also points to shifting patterns of where patients are choosing to receive urgent medical treatment. With the healthcare expansion last year, many are...

  • Q&A: Tips on signing up for health insurance through the federal marketplace

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the federally run marketplace is Monday if you want your coverage to start Jan. 1.

  • Gruber sorry for 'insulting' comments on Obamacare

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber repeatedly apologized for his videotaped statements on the Affordable Care Act, while defending the process used to pass the law known as Obamacare, according to USA TODAY. Gruber became the public face of the Obamacare debate...

  • Jonathan Gruber: I'm not 'the architect' of Obamacare

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Beleaguered Obamacare adviser Jonathan Gruber declared he was not “the architect” of the health law as House Republicans on Tuesday opened a double-header face-off over two scandals that have shadowed an otherwise successful launch of the second sign-up season. “I was not the ‘architect’ of...

  • Expert visits Oklahoma to discuss future of health care reform

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely subside in the coming years, replaced by conversations at a state and federal level on how to improve the much-debated federal health care law, a policy expert told a crowd of policymakers and health leaders Monday.

  • Boehner vows House will repeal Obamacare

    Published: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    House Speaker John A. Boehner said President Obama will “poison” chances for cooperation with Congress if he moves unilaterally to claim powers to grant legal status to illegal immigrants. “He’s going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path,” Mr. Boehner said Thursday.

  • NYT: Obamacare a success

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    After a year fully in place, the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama’s main promises, an analysis by a team of reporters and data researchers shows. But it has also fallen short in some ways and given rise to a powerful conservative backlash.

  • GOP Governors Don't See Obamacare Going Away

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don't see the law going away. Nine Republican...

  • Hispanics want Obamacare for illegal immigrants

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare, saying the “dreamers” to whom the White House has given tentative work permits are already paying taxes, so they deserve government benefits. The request is yet another complication...

  • Relaunches With 1 Embarrassing Error

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration unveiled a new version of on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge. Officials also said that won't display premiums for 2015 until the second week of November. Open...

  • Walmart Makes Big Change In Wake Of Obamacare

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer. Starting Jan. 1, Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it will no...

  • Exclusive: Facebook plots first steps into healthcare

    Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc already knows who your friends are and the kind of things that grab your attention. Soon, it could also know the state of your health. On the heels of fellow Silicon Valley technology companies Apple Inc and Google Inc , Facebook is plotting its first...

  • Poll: Obamacare support sliding, Jerry Brown, water-bond up big

    Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    The Affordable Care Act continues to divide Californians, who remain skeptical four years after its passage despite the state’s relatively smooth launch in which more than 1.2 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage. A new survey released late Tuesday found some 42 percent of...

  • 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.