Oklahoma health insurance consumers will still receive benefits and protections of the Affordable Care Act

Barriers still remain in achieving the real goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to get uninsured Americans affordable healthcare coverage. The Supreme Court created one of these barriers when it ruled that the federal government could not force states… Read more [More...]

Health Care Reform (10): Feds promise flexibility on state health insurance exchanges, but not complaisance

This is the tenth in an ongoing series of posts examining the Affordable Care Act, including previous posts on rate review and temporary high risk pools. For links to all previous posts and additional resources, please visit theĀ health care… Read more [More...]

New Medicaid online enrollment puts Oklahoma out in front

“Is there anyone here from Oklahoma?” I was at a national conference of health care policy experts and advocates last month when the morning’s plenary speaker, Cindy Mann, Medicaid Director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, posed that… Read more [More...]

Guest Blog (Tricia Brooks): CMS proposes a Medicaid rule you (and states) may like

This blog was authored by Tricia Brooks, a Senior Fellow at theĀ  Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University. It originally appeared on November 4th on Say Ahhh! A Children’s Health Policy Blog and is cross-posted here with permission.… Read more [More...]

Hurry up and wait: Even with federal approval, Oklahoma coverage expansions left on hold

According to the latest U.S. Census figures, 565,000 Oklahomans, or 15.8 percent of the total population, were without health insurance in 2007-2008. The uninsured rate is just under 10 percent for children but over 20 percent for adults ages 18-64.… Read more [More...]

Medicaid in-home support programs: getting more for less

From time to time we publish guest blog posts that help illuminate a policy issue or advance the discussion of public policy in Oklahoma (see our guest blog guidelines). This post was written by Laura Dempsey-Polan of Life Senior Services,… Read more [More...]

Starving the Beast: Government in lean times

As we’ve discussed in various blog posts and issue briefs, most state agencies received basically flat funding or were dealt budget cuts of 5 to 7 percent for the new fiscal year beginning July 1st, even as inflation leads to… Read more [More...]

Appointments we can believe in

Anyone who has worked over the years to support access to health care for low-income children and families will be heartened to learn that the Obama administration has appointed Cindy Mann to lead the Centers for Medicaid and State Operations,… Read more [More...]