The Affordable Care Act health insurance market in Oklahoma faces big changes next year, with the largest insurer moving 40,000 people into different plans and three other companies dropping out entirely.
Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Minority Leader Scott Inman are the featured guests at the next “Oklahoma Watch-Out” public forum, which will focus on the choices the state faces in dealing with a possibly severe budget shortfall.
Nearly two thirds of seizures of cash by Oklahoma law enforcement agencies come from blacks, Hispanics and other racial or ethnic minorities, an Oklahoma Watch analysis of high-dollar forfeiture cases in 10 counties shows.
A proposed penny sales tax increase would cost medium-income Oklahomans about $262 a year and raise $608 million annually to finance public schools and higher education. The poor would pay the highest share of their income.
Complying with a new law, Oklahoma health officials are exploring cost-saving options that could lead to partial privatization of Medicaid for the aged, blind and disabled. Advocates are worried this will lead to hardships.