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Key terms to understand Oklahoma politics and government.

The Oklahoma Legislative Service Bureau (LSB) is a nonpartisan legislative service agency serving the members and staff of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate.  The LSB is responsible for producing all computer and information processing services for members and… Read more
Managed Care is a health care delivery system organized to manage cost, utilization, and quality. Unlike a traditional fee-for-service system, in which a provider is paid directly by an insurer for every service delivered, under managed care, an organization or… Read more
Medicaid is a public insurance program that provides health coverage to low-income families and individuals, including children, parents, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities. The program, which was created by Congress in 1965 as Title XIX of the Social… Read more
One of the primary provisions of the Affordable Care Act gives states the options to expand their Medicaid eligibility to include people below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (about $16,000 per year for one person or $24,000 for… Read more
Waivers are way for states to test and implement new ways of administering Medicaid or CHIP services. If states want to change aspects of their Medicaid program beyond what is typically allowed, they have to get approval from the Centers… Read more
Medicare is a national social insurance program administered by the federal government that provides access to health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older who have paid into it (i.e. paid income tax in the US), and for some younger… Read more
A motion to reconsider is a procedural action in the Oklahoma Legislature that allows a member the option to bring a bill or resolution back for another vote. A member must serve notice of a motion to reconsider immediately following… Read more
Oklahoma levies excise taxes on gasoline at 17 cents per gallon and diesel at 14 cents. Fuel used by governments and Indian tribes is exempt and farm users may have the tax refunded. The general sales tax does not apply… Read more
Oklahoma’s motor vehicle taxes are a combination of an excise (sales) tax on the purchase of a vehicle and an annual registration fee in lieu of ad valorem (property) taxes. The excise tax is 3 ¼ percent of the value… Read more
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is a state agency that administers a range of programs aimed at helping Oklahomans in need, including food benefits (SNAP); temporary cash assistance (TANF); services for persons with developmental disabilities and persons who are… Read more