Tulsa forum to explore implementation of new health care law for children and families

OK Policy is pleased to be partnering with the Community Service Council, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, and other community organizations to host a one-day forum titled, “Health Care Reform: Transitioning Health Care for Oklahoma’s Children and Families.” The event will be held in Tulsa on Friday, June 18th from 10:00 to 3:00 at the University of Oklahoma Tulsa Schusterman Center.

The forum will unfold in three sessions. The first will feature an overview of the new national health care law by Tricia Brooks, a leading national health care policy expert and advocate with the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University. Tricia’s talk will focus especially on how the new law expands coverage for low-income families and children.  She will then be joined by state officials for a lunchtime panel addressing some of the choices, challenges, and opportunities Oklahoma will confront between now and 2014 in implementing health care reform. Finally, participants will have a choice of three break-out sessions that will explore enrollment issues, public education and advocacy, and the budgetary challenges facing state health coverage.

The workshop should be a highly informative day for advocates for low-income children and families, policymakers, and health care professionals. Admission is free and lunch will be provided; however, registration in required. Click here to register.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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