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Weekly Wonk: Keeping our children safe | Will manage care debate resurface? | Policy notes and numbers

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In… Read more [More...]

Will Oklahoma’s managed care proposals return? (Capitol Update)

Medicaid expansion, making low-income Oklahomans ages of 19 to 64 newly eligible for coverage, seems to be going well. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) reports that more than 158,000 Oklahomans have been approved for benefits since June 1, and… Read more [More...]

Join the team as a Communications and Operations Fellow

The Oklahoma Policy Institute is currently hiring for a Communications and Operations Fellow. The Communications and Operations Fellow supports the organization’s external communications and development objectives. [More...]

Weekly Wonk: The winding path of SB 658 | It takes all of us to keep Oklahoma safe | Turning words into action

The winding path of SB 658 (Capitol Update); It takes all of us to keep Oklahoma safe [More...]

The winding path of SB 658 (Capitol Update)

It appears from a brief search of various public school websites that classes will begin anywhere from one to three weeks from now. With the spiking COVID cases and hospitalizations, I can only imagine the anxiety of school board members… Read more [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Declaring a public health emergency | Medicaid anniversary | Equity as a policy goal

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In… Read more [More...]

Fifty-six years of Medicaid: Fiscally responsible and morally mandated

Per capita Medicaid costs have grown at slower rates than both Medicare and private insurance, and the program has become more efficient as the cost per enrollee has declined in recent years. This investment pays off, as healthier Oklahomans are better able to work, parent, and pay taxes. [More...]

Joint committee to evaluate uses for federal relief dollars (Capitol Update)

Last Wednesday the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding — co-chaired by Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, and Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston — outlined the process it will use to distribute the $1.87 billion that will be coming to Oklahoma through… Read more [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Minimum wage anniversary | Addressing over-incarceration | Improving mental health | Bringing everyone to the table

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In… Read more [More...]

Happy birthday to the minimum wage

The last time the national minimum wage was raised was in 2007, with the wage increase taking effect on July 24, 2009. A minimum wage is meant to ensure a minimum standard of living for each employee — particularly entry-level… Read more [More...]

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