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The Weekly Wonk: Children are Oklahoma’s best investment | An early look at requested House interim studies

Children – the best investment we can make; An early look at requested interim studies in the House; State and nation lack leadership and resources to do what's necessary to stop virus spread - test, trace, isolate. [More...]

An early look at requested interim studies in the House (Capitol Update)

Typical of an election year, there were only 88 interim study requests in the House of Representatives this year compared with 146 last year. The Senate has not published its interim study requests. In the House, studies must be approved… Read more [More...]

Oklahomans pass SQ 802 | State should accommodate vote by mail (The Weekly Wonk)

Passing SQ 802 – next step to a stronger Oklahoma; Medicaid expansion can address Oklahoma’s mental health and criminal justice needs; Oklahomans show they can vote by mail, and the state should accommodate them. [More...]

Oklahoma’s primary is Tuesday | Get out and vote (safely)

On Tuesday, Oklahomans will go to the polls for the statewide primary election, which also includes State Question 802 to expand Medicaid. If you have not already cast an absentee ballot or participated in early voting, polls will be open for in person voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.  [More...]

Medicaid expansion can address Oklahoma’s mental health and criminal justice needs (Capitol Update)

Last week, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) board approved the agency’s FY 2021 spending plan. The bad news is the budget contained a $14 million cut from the previous year. ODMHSAS had requested a… Read more [More...]

‘We really needed Medicaid expansion a long time ago’

Medical student Daniel Pham has seen firsthand the benefits Medicaid expansion would have on Oklahoma’s most vulnerable residents. He believes expansion is the first step to lowering Oklahoma's uninsured rate, making our communities healthier, and providing Oklahomans with the care they deserve. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Oklahomans decide SQ 802 on Tuesday | Information, resources and analysis

New analyses from OK Policy and Families USA quantify benefits of Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma; SQ 802 will dramatically improve financial well-being in Oklahoma; SQ 802 is a win for criminal justice reform in Oklahoma; KIDS COUNT 2020: Oklahoma ranks 45th for child well-being. [More...]

SQ 802 will dramatically improve financial well-being in Oklahoma

On June 30, Oklahomans will decide State Question 802 that would add Medicaid expansion to the Oklahoma Constitution. Arguments in favor of SQ 802 have rightly been centered around its well-documented health effects. Expansion, after all, will reduce the number… Read more [More...]

SQ 802 is a win for criminal justice reform in Oklahoma

Beyond its enormous implications for our health care system, State Question 802, the ballot measure to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma, is also a significant criminal justice issue. Nearly a decade of evidence shows that expanding Medicaid increases access to mental… Read more [More...]

‘Medicaid changed the trajectory of my life’

“I don't think people realize that if you can't pay for medical services, you don't get them." [More...]

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