Recent Articles

What we know about Oklahoma’s 2020 legislative elections

As the June 30th primaries approach, we already know that the 2020 elections will look very different than 2018. Here are five things we know about the upcoming races and their implications within the Oklahoma Legislature. [More...]

Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a major piece of health care legislation that Congress passed in 2010. Its formal name is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and colloquially has been called Obamacare. Some of the major components… Read more [More...]

Section 1115 Waivers

Section 1115 Medicaid waivers, or 1115 waivers, are waivers from federal Medicaid law intended to give states an avenue to test new approaches in Medicaid that differ from what is required by federal statute.  Section 1115 of the Social Security… Read more [More...]

Pinnacle Plan

The Pinnacle Plan was developed and implemented by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) to reform the state’s child welfare system. The plan, announced in July 2012,  emerged out of a settlement agreement reached in a federal class action… Read more [More...]

Balanced Budget

The balanced budget requirement is accomplished by limiting appropriations for seven funds, of which the General Revenue Fund is by far the largest, to no more than 95 percent of certified revenue estimates for the upcoming year. [More...]

SoonerCare (Medicaid)

SoonerCare is the name for Oklahoma’s Medicaid program operated by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. See Medicaid for more information,… Read more [More...]

Tennessee waltzes down the wrong path with Medicaid block grant proposal

Rather than tilting at windmills with a legally questionable approach that poses serious threats for the state’s Medicaid population, our state should focus on tried and tested ways of improving access to care and health outcomes for Oklahomans. [More...]

Legislative Compensation Board

The Oklahoma Board on Legislative Compensation is a constitutionally-created Board that has the exclusive authority to set compensation for members of the Oklahoma Legislature. The Board is made up of five members appointed by the Governor and two members appointed… Read more [More...]

One Extremely Lucky Guy: David Blatt’s farewell remarks

I can honestly say that being part of this organization for 12 years, and leading it for the past ten, has been the great honor of my life. [More...]

Public Charge

Public charge is a term used by U.S. immigration officials to refer to a person who is considered primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for… Read more [More...]