Health Care

Medicaid managed care opponents silent on alternatives

The Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) and the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) have been vocal critics of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s proposal to use managed care services in Oklahoma’s Medicaid system.

Ray Carter
February 16, 2021
Health Care
Kaitlyn Finley
February 15, 2021
Education, Health Care

Vaccinations open door for full reopening of schools

Under a plan announced by Gov. Kevin Stitt, all Oklahoma teachers and school staff can be vaccinated for COVID-19 by spring break. The announcement eliminates the last major objection raised to resumption of full-time, in-person instruction at all schools during the last quarter of the current school year.

Ray Carter
February 11, 2021
Health Care

Democrats criticize effort to control growing Medicaid cost

Gov. Kevin Stitt recently told lawmakers that Oklahoma must join the 40 states that use managed care as part of their Medicaid system.

Ray Carter
February 1, 2021
Health Care

Health Department unable to determine mask-mandate impact

Officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health say they are no longer able to provide accurate data on what, if any, impact mask mandates have on COVID-19 transmission and will no longer be providing that information to the public.

Ray Carter
January 26, 2021
Budget & Tax, Health Care

Budget based on low take-up of Medicaid expansion

Officials at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which runs the state’s Medicaid system, continue to project that a voter-approved expansion of Medicaid will require state taxpayers to provide another $164 million per year.

Ray Carter
January 25, 2021
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