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3rd annual Equality Run set for June 20 benefitting Freedom Oklahoma

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The third annual Equality Run 5K/10K/1-Mile will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. June 20, along the Oklahoma River at Wiley Post Park. 2021 S. Robinson Avenue, just south of Downtown OKC. The event benefits Freedom Oklahoma, Oklahoma’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization. State Rep. Emily Virgin (D-Norman) will serve […]

Musical artist Sarah Getto to entertain at Disabilities Awareness Day at State Capitol

Sarah Getto, an Oklahoma singer-musician-songwriter will perform at People with Disabilities Awareness Day, noon to 4:30 p.m., on Monday, April 20, at the state Capitol. Nine hundred Oklahomans with disabilities and advocates are expected to attend.  Photo provided

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Award-winning Oklahoma singer-musician-songwriter Sarah Getto will be the featured performer at the 21st People with Disabilities Awareness Day from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20. Event organizers estimate 900 Oklahomans with disabilities and advocates will participate on every floor at the state Capitol, 2300 N.W. 23rd Street in Oklahoma […]

The Color Run, “the happiest 5K on the planet” comes to the OKC Zoo

This year OKC ZooFriends has been chosen as the official charity of the The Color Run 5K event, which will be held on Saturday, April 11. Participants will start and end at Remington Park beginning at 9 a.m  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Color Run™ 5K event, also known as “the happiest 5K on the planet,” is coming to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS/ZooFriends) has been chosen as the official charity of the run, which will be held on Saturday, April 11. The Oklahoma City Color Run will take place […]

Patients must battle more than cancer for their lives

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By Susan Logan I was told I had a tumor in my breast when I went in for my annual mammogram. I never expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but a 3D mammogram showed a tumor and a later biopsy revealed that it was first stage breast cancer and I would need to pursue […]

Free Market Medical Association holds inaugural national conference

Dr Keith Smith

by Patrick B. McGuigan   The Free Market Medical Association held its first national conference Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 in Oklahoma City. Organizers said the conference was intended to provide “insightful best practice recommendations and a call to action to keep expanding access and use of free market medicine.” The theme was […]

Surgery Center of Oklahoma: Savings to county government excellent $570,000 in five months


Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – In less than five months, an Oklahoma County health plan reform has saved several hundred thousand dollars in a program benefiting local employees, The City Sentinel has learned. In March, Jon Wilkerson implemented, after approval of elected county officials, a “stand-alone” benefit for government employees, authorizing use […]

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 […]

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