Health Care, Economy

OKC doctor says shutdown ‘a mass casualty incident’

Americans may be paying for the extended shutdowns for some time as unrelated health issues that are not being treated now continue to emerge.

Mike Brake
May 26, 2020
Health Care

Lawmakers vote to alter catastrophic health law

Lawmakers narrowly approved changes to the law that allows the governor to declare a “catastrophic health emergency” during Wednesday’s floor votes, despite objections from critics who said the bill was too restrictive of local officials’ response in future pandemics.

Ray Carter
May 14, 2020
Budget & Tax, Health Care

Tax/fee on health care, state savings, to fund Medicaid expansion

Facing a July 1 expansion of Medicaid, members of the Oklahoma Senate voted Wednesday to fund the expansion of the welfare program with a de facto tax on health care and by drawing down an undetermined and open-ended amount of state savings.

Ray Carter
May 14, 2020
Health Care

Medicaid expansion complicates budget planning

Gov. Kevin Stitt has filed federal paperwork to expand Oklahoma’s Medicaid program to include many able-bodied adults starting July 1, which he has labeled SoonerCare 2.0.

Ray Carter
May 4, 2020
Health Care

Immunity for those treating COVID-19 advances

Legislation to protect health care workers from some lawsuits while treating COVID-19 patients gained strong bipartisan approval in the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.

Ray Carter
May 4, 2020
Health Care

Federal strings may abet Oklahoma Medicaid fraud, abuse

New federal legislation may hamper Oklahoma’s ability to determine Medicaid eligibility for new enrollees.    

Kaitlyn Finley
May 4, 2020
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