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This Week from OK Policy
This week, Strategy and Communications Director Gene Perry analyzed data from the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report, Opening Doors for Young Parents, and found that Oklahoma is missing opportunities to give young adult parents and their kids a boost. Executive Director David Blatt delved into State Question 800, where voters will decide whether to set aside a portion of future oil and gas revenues for a new reserve fund.
In his weekly Journal Record column, Blatt stressed the importance of paying interns and the dangers of expecting students to work for free. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update shed light on findings from a recent interim study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Today is the last day to submit a public comment on the Medicaid plan: This is your last chance to submit a public comment and encourage your friends to do so as well. At the direction of Governor Fallin and the state legislature, the state Medicaid agency has put together a plan to cut vital health coverage for low-income parents who don’t report working or volunteering enough hours. The deadline to submit a public comment on OHCA’s Medicaid proposal is today, September 30th. You can use this question survey or this quick form to send your public comment. You can watch and share public comments submitted by SoonerCare patients here and here.
Oklahoma Watch-Out Candidate Forum in Lawton: TogetherOK and Oklahoma Watch are teaming up for a legislative candidate forum in Lawton on Tuesday, October 9. The forum will be free and open to the public and will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McMahon Centennial Complex. Oklahoma Watch Executive Editor David Fritze will moderate the discussion, and audience questions will be allowed. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
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