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Weekly Wonk: Declaring a public health emergency | Medicaid anniversary | Equity as a policy goal

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In… Read more [More...]

In The Know: State health officials ask Gov. for emergency order as CDC issues new mask guidance | Hospitalizations continue rising

State health officials call for emergency order amid COVID-19 surge, react to CDC mask guidance; Number of Oklahomans hospitalized with coronavirus at highest levels since February; Medicaid expansion "a boon" for underserved residents; How much Gov. Stitt has raised for his reelection campaign [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Minimum wage anniversary | Addressing over-incarceration | Improving mental health | Bringing everyone to the table

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In… Read more [More...]

OK Policy hosting community listening sessions in Weatherford, Altus

To hear the concerns of everyday Oklahomans, the Oklahoma Policy Institute will be hosting listening sessions in southwestern and western Oklahoma. Two listening sessions are planned at the end of the month in Weatherford and Altus: Tuesday, July 27, 2021,… Read more [More...]

In The Know: Lawsuit seeks to reinstate additional unemployment benefits | State’s rural suicide rate increasing | More

Lawsuit seeks to reinstate additional pandemic federal unemployment benefits for Oklahomans; State sees rise in suicides during pandemic with rural areas seeing greater increase; Delta variant main concern of health officials in Oklahoma, but its full spread is unclear; State sees rise in suicides during pandemic with rural areas seeing greater increase. [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Turning the tide on evictions | A look at corrections-focused interim studies | Policy notes & numbers

Turning the tide on evictions: Using federal aid, support to reduce Oklahoma’s eviction crisis; The human cost of evictions; A look at corrections-focused interim studies (Capitol Update) [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Celebrating Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma | Investing in our children’s future | Making a difference starts locally

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In… Read more [More...]

HHS Secretary visits Oklahoma to celebrate Medicaid expansion

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visited Tulsa on July 1 to help celebrate Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma, calling it a victory for the 200,000 residents who could now have “peace of mind” through access to life-changing health care.  [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Oklahoma lags in child well-being | Still waiting for SQ 781 promised investments | Celebrating Medicaid expansion

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In… Read more [More...]

KIDS COUNT 2021: Oklahoma remains in bottom 10 for child well-being

Oklahoma children remain in the nation’s bottom 10 when it comes to major health and well-being indicators, according to the 2021 edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book published annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.   Oklahoma ranks 42nd overall… Read more [More...]