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Mourning Oklahoma’s Medicaid Malaise: Lawmakers Reject Free-Market Reforms

State Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, is one of two medical doctors in the Oklahoma state Legislature. He is closely allied with the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA). While supportive of Medicaid expansion as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he has opposed market-oriented health care reforms.

  By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   Dr. Doug Cox is no Dr. Tom Coburn. And the Oklahoma Hospital Association ( is no supporter of Medicaid reform. In 2014, Oklahoma hospitals, through their powerful lobbying arm, blocked Medicaid reforms, thanks in large measure to the work of Cox, a medical doctor and a Republican […]

Insurance Commissioner John Doak says ObamaCare exchange costs average $1,095 per enrollee

Oklahoma Commissioner of Insurance John Doak

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – A new report details an average cost to taxpayers of $1,095 for each Oklahoma enrollee in the federal insurance marketplace. The report found nationwide spending on the exchanges had reached nearly $7.4 billion as of late March. In a statement to Oklahoma Watchdog, Oklahoma Commissioner […]

ObamaCare’s federal exchange has a payment problem


By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has found, in an investigation of the federally-organized health insurance exchange, that only 48 percent of enrollees in Oklahoma have paid their first month’s premium. Jonathan Small, policy vice president for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), […]

Could managed care offset OK’s surge in Medicaid spending for Emergency Room visits?

Sen. Kim David

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – Medicaid-financed emergency room costs statewide grew nearly $10 million to $178.3 million in fiscal year 2013. The increase, from $169.6 million in 2012, came as SoonerCare, the state Medicaid system, expanded to cover for the first time ever more than a quarter of the state’s 3.8 million […]

Surgery Center of OK: Saving taxpayers real money, in real time


By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY — In mid-February, members of the Oklahoma County Budget Board approved, and then signed, a contract with Surgery Center of Oklahoma. In the long run, that one move may be regarded as among the most significant steps in county history to save taxpayers real money, in […]

Oklahoma’s newest think tank makes its case: ‘Why families still matter’

From left: State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, founder/director Melisa Zimmerman of Bridge Builders Ministries, executive director Timothy Tardibono of the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma, Executive Director Clarence Hill of Eye to Eye, a marriage support group, and state Reps. Tom Newell, R-Seminole, Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City, and Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa.
Photo by Brett Magbee, for The City Sentinel

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s newest public policy research group will center its research and analysis on family issues. Bolstering his case for a public policy “think tank” focused on family, founder and executive director Timothy Tardibono for the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma reflected, “Oklahoma is known as […]

Scare tactics and indoor mold: check for yourself

Bathroom mold, picture taken from web

By Mike Charles Allergy Control Sometimes we find companies that try to use scare tactics within the microbial investigation and mold remediation industry. As with any industry, there are always going to be people who try to scare people into using their services. They may do so by giving misinformation or falsehoods or exaggeration. Here […]

The Referral Center holds inaugural dinner to celebrate changing lives

The Referral Center, located in Oklahoma City, is hosting its 
1st Annual Charity Dinner to Change Lives on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Oklahoma History Center, to raise awareness of Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas. Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The public is invited to The Referral Center’s (TRC) 1st Annual Charity Dinner to Change Lives on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zahudi Dr., in Oklahoma City. The event’s goal is to raise awareness of Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders in Oklahoma City and […]

Health Outcomes might improve with community gardens and co-ops

On a recent night, a homeless man in Oklahoma City declared himself “too ugly to prostitute” -- but he accepted contributions tossed into his guitar case on N. 23rd Street. State and local officials have been investigating ways to promote community gardens and other methods to improve nutrition for the needy.  The City Sentinel staff photo.

Staff Report The headlines and news reports continue to detail the challenges facing needy Oklahomans, including the homeless. Last week, members of the House Agriculture Committee met for an interim study to look at the proliferation of community vegetable gardens and other tactics aiming to improve access to nutritious food for more of our people. […]

VA hires 1,600 Mental Health professionals expanding access to care and outreach efforts OKC VA Medical Center adds 19 new Mental Health professionals

One of the 19 new mental health professionals hired under President Obama’s August 31, 2012, Executive Order, Dr. Ana Maria Bautista-Gutierrez, a Psychiatrist with the OKC Department of Veterans Affairs speaks with a visiting Oklahoma veterans. Photo by Mark Hooten.
Photo 3 cutline: OKC VA logo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obama’s August 31, 2012, Executive Order. The program will improve access to Mental Health Services for veterans, service members, and military families. Toward this […]

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