In The Know: Health Department attorney sent threats to herself regarding marijuana rules, felony charges allege
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Health Department’s Top Attorney Sent Threats to Herself Regarding Marijuana Rules, Felony Charges Allege: The general counsel for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, who abruptly left her post Friday, faces criminal charges of falsely reporting a crime and creating a fictitious email to send herself threats over the agency’s work on the state’s new medical marijuana program. Julie Ezell submitted her resignation Friday afternoon from the health department, hours after the filing of two lawsuits challenging emergency rules approved by the state Board of Health on July 10 regarding State Question 788 [Tulsa World].
Waiver Proposal Threatens Health Care for Parents and Caretakers: SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, helps thousands of families in our state see a doctor or fill a prescription. This spring, Oklahoma lawmakers ordered the state Medicaid agency to build a proposal to cut coverage for parents if they don’t report working or volunteering enough hours. This proposal has serious consequences for Oklahoma families if it’s approved by the federal government [Enid News & Eagle].
Local Leaders Say Pervasive Hunger Impacting School, Workplace Performance in Tulsa: Pervasive hunger and food insecurity is taking a toll on lifelong health and success across the Tulsa area, but local leaders say a significant portion of eligible residents are not seeking assistance. “Hunger doesn’t have county line boundaries. We have partners in Owasso saying their lines have doubled in the last few weeks. Jenks has a homeless coordinator,” said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma [Tulsa World].
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