Health Care

Federal government quashes states’ plans to reform Medicaid

In recent years, both the Trump and Obama administrations have rejected states’ proposals to reform their Medicaid programs and have scaled back federal Medicaid matching dollars.

Kaitlyn Finley
August 16, 2019
Health Care

Health care committee leaders say group’s work is bigger than Medicaid

The leaders of a legislative working group examining Medicaid expansion say the group’s goal is to dramatically change Oklahomans’ health outcomes—and concerns about government expense should be put aside for now.

Ray Carter
August 15, 2019
Education

Approaching her third sobriety birthday, Mission Academy graduate looks to the future

Mission Academy, operated by the nonprofit Teen Recovery Solutions, is one of some 44 similar schools nationwide, bent on reclaiming young people long lost to drug and alcohol addiction.

Mike Brake
August 15, 2019
Health Care

Lawmakers told behaviors to blame for most of Oklahoma’s health problems

Members of the Healthcare Working Group, a bicameral special committee studying potential expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied adults, were told Wednesday that personal behaviors are more to blame for many of Oklahoma’s low health rankings than a lack of insurance coverage.

Ray Carter
August 15, 2019
Criminal Justice

Punishment and crime: How they are (and are not) related

Changes to state penal codes can have a significant impact on reducing state prison populations. Oklahoma policymakers should continue to pursue new criminal justice reform policies to safely lower the state’s high incarceration rate.  

Kaitlyn Finley
August 13, 2019
Education

Powerful iron triangle resists parental choice

Oklahomans favor policies which give parents more educational options. However, enacting those policies has proven to be difficult. A simple metaphor can help explain why.

Brandon Dutcher
August 11, 2019
Education

The government school monopoly as reverse patronage program

One of the key challenges for education reformers is the huge size of the government school monopoly as a “reverse patronage” employer.

Greg Forster
August 8, 2019
Good Government

Proposed election change could create costs, headaches

Some liberal activists want to require Oklahoma and other states to eliminate runoff primaries and instead use “ranked choice” voting. But Oklahoma’s top election official warns that change would involve substantial taxpayer expense and likely voter confusion.

Ray Carter
August 8, 2019