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In The News
Oklahoma governor places Vision Fund on November ballot: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot a proposal to create a new oil and natural gas trust fund to help operate state government. Fallin said Thursday she signed an executive order scheduling a statewide vote on the Oklahoma Vision Fund ballot question. If State Question 800 is approved, at least 5 percent of gross production tax receipts would be deposited into the fund annually. [AP News]
How many Oklahomans would lose health coverage under reporting requirements? The state doesn’t say: As required by both executive order and state law, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) released an 1115 Medicaid waiver proposal for SoonerCare on July 3. Oklahoma hopes to join a handful of states in requiring some adults on Medicaid to report their work-related activities to the state, without any misunderstandings or technical glitches, or risk losing their health coverage. [Dana Bacon / OKPolicy]
Still too high, but OK teen birth rate trending in right direction: As a mother at just 17 years of age, Leslie Marban of Oklahoma City has a tough road ahead. The statistics make that abundantly clear. Only about 50 percent of teen mothers earn a high school diploma. Leslie, who gave birth to her daughter last month and who was featured in a story Sunday by The Oklahoman’s Darla Slipke, will get a late start on her senior year but intends to finish and hopes to become an architect or an emergency medical technician. [NewsOK] Increasing access to long-acting reversible contraception brings lasting gains for Oklahoma women and girls [OKPolicy].
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