Health Department Woes Enlarge State Budget Crisis

Oklahoma lawmakers are being asked to approve $30 million in additional funding to help pay employees at the Oklahoma State Department of Health and stop the agency’s cash crunch, the interim health commissioner said Monday.

State Health Department Faces Unexplained Cash Crisis

The state Health Department is scrambling to cover an unexpected $10 million shortfall that emerged over the summer. Along with employee furloughs, layoffs and contract cuts, the agency sought payments from county-city health departments, which refused to pay.