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This week on the OK Policy Blog, we explain how lawmakers used the same tactics criticized in a court challenge when drafting the FY 2016 budget. A guest post discusses states’ tendency to replicate public policies enacted in other states despite lacking evidence demonstrating whether those policies work. In his Capitol Update, Steve Lewis explores why Oklahoma’s attempt to ban teacher payroll deductions may be unenforceable. We checked in on key education and criminal justice bills from this session.
In his Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt wrote that debates over whether the state budget grew or shrank this year ignore the fact that, either way, core services are still badly underfunded. Our FY 2016 Budget Highlights provides a more thorough explanation of the budget, including state agency appropriations since 2009. Policy Analyst Carly Putnam was quoted in an Oklahoma Watch article on King v. Burwell, which could result in skyrocketing premiums and cause thousands of Oklahomans to lose their health insurance.
Weekly What’s That:
The term “dual-eligible” refers to people who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid at the same time. They usually qualify for Medicare Part A (primarily covers hospital care) and/or Part B (medical insurance; mostly covers doctor’s visits, outpatient procedure, health care supplies, and preventive care), as well as… Read more.