In The Know: More women reach for the legislature; Feds claw back more Medicaid money; audits will cost state $1.4 million
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More Women Reach for the Legislature. What Are Their Chances in November? Before the first vote was even cast in Oklahoma’s elections this year, women had already made history. What is likely a record number of female candidates, 140, filed paperwork in April to run for one of the state’s 125 legislative seats to be decided in November. In a state where men outnumber women in the Legislature six to one, ranking Oklahoma 49th in percentage of legislators who are female (14%), many women’s advocates saw this as an opportunity to narrow the gender gap [Oklahoma Watch]. An opportunity for more electoral diversity [Arnold Hamilton / Journal Record].
Feds Claw Back More Medicaid Money for Medical Schools, But Offer One Break: The federal government has clawed back another $32 million in Medicaid matching funds as part of an ongoing dispute over Oklahoma’s use of the money to help fund medical schools that treat Medicaid patients. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services notified state officials Aug. 31 that it disallowed a total of $64.2 million in federal matching funds for the 2017 calendar year. The total includes almost $33 million that was previously disallowed [Oklahoma Watch].
Agency audits will cost state $1.4 million: A group of private-sector officials has commissioned about $1.4 million in audits that will investigate six state agencies. Lawmakers created the Agency Performance and Accountability Commission in 2017. The group-appointed executives will oversee contracted audits meant to assess the top 20 agencies with the highest appropriations. The governor and the top legislators in each chamber appointed members, who worked on the requests for proposals, chose the bidders and assigned the contracts [Journal Record].
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