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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...]

Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET)

TSET is an endowment trust established with payments from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between 46 states and the tobacco industry. In November 2000, with passage of State Question 692, Oklahoma became the first and only state to direct… Read more [More...]

This Constitution Day, remember what counts

Over 230 years ago, the authors of the American constitution understood the importance of the Census. The Census is no less important today. [More...]

Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and often referred to as Obamacare – is the landmark health care legislation passed by Congress during  the Obama Administration in 2010. The two… Read more [More...]


Property tax rates are set in mills. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in taxable value. For convenience in Oklahoma, a tax rate (the sum of all mills levied) is expressed as dollars per thousand dollars of… Read more [More...]

FMAP (Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage)

FMAP (Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage) is the share of Medicaid expenditures paid by the federal government. Medicaid is funded through a combination of federal and state dollars. The standard federal share is determined by a mathematical formula, laid out in… Read more [More...]