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GOP health bills would cost Oklahoma rural hospitals millions, study says: he U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a health care plan Tuesday that could cost Oklahoma hospitals millions in lost revenue. The Senate is expected to take up the American Health Care Act, the House’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Oklahoma hospitals would lose more than $25 million after one year under the AHCA, according to projections from the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The center is part of a nonpartisan health care consulting group [NewsOK].
Oklahoma teacher panhandles to raise money for school supplies: An Oklahoma teacher frustrated by having to dig into her own pocket to pay for classroom supplies took to panhandling to get her point across. Teresa Danks, 50, of Claremore, Oklahoma, has spent the summer shopping at garage sales and thrift stores to stock her third-grade classroom with supplies for next year. A conversation with her husband last week about the money she was spending on her classroom sparked a bigger idea [ABC News]. Oklahoma leads the nation in cuts to both K-12 and higher education since 2009.
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Flew Home to Oklahoma Most Weekends on Taxpayer’s Dime, Records Show: Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer’s expense. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s expense reports from March, April and May were released following a Freedom of Information request filed by Environmental Integrity Project, a non-profit watchdog group [TIME].
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