The cost of health benefits for state and education workers is going up in 2014.
At the recommendation of a board that oversees benefits for most public workers, Office of Management and Enterprise Services Preston Doerflinger approved the increase in premium rates on Friday.
The Oklahoma Employees Insurance and Benefits Board recommended an overall increase of 3.6 percent for the self-funded HealthChoice Plan and a 2.2 percent hike in the monthly premium for the HealthChoice Medicare supplement plan.
An Oklahoma judge has blocked legislation that would have restricted access to over the counter emergency contraceptives in the state.
Oklahoma County District Judge Lisa Davis granted a temporary restraining order this morning stopping the new law that would have required girls under the age of 17 to have a prescription before a pharmacist would give them the “morning after” pill.
In just six weeks, nearly one in 10 Oklahomans will be able to buy subsidized health policies from private insurance companies through a new online marketplace set up by the federal government.
Many more who don’t qualify for the subsidies will still be able to shop on the marketplace and obtain coverage, even if they’ve been turned down in the past for pre-existing conditions.
But it won’t be simple. Several companies will offer policies, with different levels of coverage. Tax credits will be available for people falling within certain income ranges. Many people will need one-on-one assistance to navigate the registration process.
How a baby begins life after birth affects the rest of the baby’s development. The Baby Friendly Initiative, begun by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, recognizes that. It currently has made inroads in 152 countries, including the United States, and now Oklahoma. The first hospital to make the grade is Claremore Indian Hospital.
Georgiana Sweetwater, who goes by Gibby and is from the Pawnee Nation, is the Nurse Manager for OB In-Patient Services and Women’s Clinic. She attended a workshop sponsored by the United Nations in Albuquerque.
Oklahoma officials say a medical detox center in Pittsburg County has lost temporary state certification to conduct medical detox services.
Jeffrey Desmukes is a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services. He said Friday that the Narconon Arrowhead facility in McAlester had not met the requirements to obtain a full certification to conduct medical detox services. Desmukes says temporary certification expired at the end of June.
Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:18 am
The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.
Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don't help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.
Cassie Clark, a part-time administrative assistant, falls into the health care "coverage crater" because she's not eligible for Medicaid but doesn't make enough money to qualify for new tax credits under the Affordable Care Act.