Health care spending slowdown warrants sigh of relief

This post was written by OK Policy volunteer Zoraya Hightower. Zoraya completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Tulsa and this fall will begin a Master of Environmental Management at Yale. America spends more than any other nation on… Read more [More...]

What’s unaffordable?

In her 2013 State of the State address, Governor Mary Fallin reiterated her opposition to accepting federal dollars to provide coverage to uninsured Oklahomans through Medicaid, as provided under the Affordable Care Act. In states that extend Medicaid, the federal… Read more [More...]

Home visiting programs work for young children, their parents and Oklahoma (Guest Blog: Paul Shinn)

Paul Shinn is Public Policy Analyst for CAP Tulsa, which helps families succeed through early childhood education and other support programs. He can be reached at Earlier this month a House committee passed HB 1063, which would suspend most… Read more [More...]

Guest Blog (Dr. John Schumann): Helmet heads and common sense

John Henning Schumann, a writer and doctor in Tulsa, runs the Internal Medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. An earlier version of this post ran on his Glass Hospital blog. He is on Twitter @GlassHospital… Read more [More...]

Upcoming Event: New Director to give Policy & Practice Series lecture on future of DHS

The new director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), Ed Lake, will speak at the next installment of the Practice and Policy Lecture Series on Monday, February 11th, from noon to 1 pm, at the Oklahoma History Center.… Read more [More...]

Could we run out of water?

This post is by OK Policy intern Amanda Marcott Thottunkal. Amanda is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City drinking water supplies are at record lows, and NewsOK recently reported that water rights could… Read more [More...]

Revenue forecast confirms need for continued caution

In late December, the Board of Equalization certified a preliminary estimate of the revenues available for next year’s budget. The numbers confirm that while the worst of the fiscal crisis is now far behind us, the state remains in the… Read more [More...]

Graph of the Day: Off Medicaid and ‘back to work’?

Incoming House Speaker T.W. Shannon recently suggested that SoonerCare/Medicaid enrollees in Oklahoma should get “off of Medicaid and back to work.”  The idea that the Medicaid program is providing health care to adults who are choosing not to work is… Read more [More...]

Guest Blog (Jonathan Willner): Public school grades – what’s really being graded?

Dr. Jonathan Willner is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance at Oklahoma City University. After considerable controversy and delay, the State Department of Education released its A-F report cards for all Oklahoma public schools in late… Read more [More...]

What Governor Fallin’s healthcare decisions mean for Oklahomans

Just before Thanksgiving, Governor Mary Fallin announced a pair of important decisions related to the Affordable Care Act. She said that Oklahoma would not participate in the expansion of Medicaid for low-income adults and would not create its own state-based… Read more [More...]