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.
Thousands of Oklahomans suffer from hearing loss and can’t afford hearing aids that would improve their quality of life. Medicare and SoonerCare, the state’s Medicaid program, offer limited or no coverage.
The federal government has missed a state-requested deadline to approve a plan to shore up the Affordable Care Act marketplace. As a result, officials expect higher premiums and fewer Oklahomans receiving coverage.
Oklahoma saw a record 517 reports of newborn infants who tested positive for dangerous drugs or alcohol last year. Much of the increase involved exposure to marijuana, with prescription drugs and meth also frequently detected.
What more can Oklahoma do to reduce the tragic toll of prescription painkiller addiction? A state commission is looking for new ideas, and experts here, as well as examples in other states, could help map a strategy.
Reporter Brad Gibson talks with state health officials about their plan aimed at reducing health insurance premiums and expanding choices on the Obamacare marketplace. Will the strategy work and will it benefit Oklahomans?
A fee for health insurance is part of the state’s plan to stabilize the Obamacare marketplace. Oklahomans who receive insurance from their employers or purchase it themselves outside the marketplace would pay up to $60 a year.
Oklahoma Watch will host a free public forum on Tuesday, April 11, in Oklahoma City to discuss the state of health care in Oklahoma and the scenarios going forward after failure of an Obamacare replacement bill in Congress.