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Medicaid Costs Continue to Rise

December 11, 2017 - 3:12pm CST

By refusing to adopt the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, Oklahoma lawmakers stood up for the premise that Medicaid should remain a safety net for the most vulnerable, not an entitlement for able-bodied adults. And yet Medicaid has been growing in Oklahoma nonetheless, eating up an ever larger portion... READ MORE

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TSET Reforms, Medicaid Audits Will Help the Most Vulnerable

December 11, 2017 - 3:08pm CST

By Jonathan Small Former Gov. Frank Keating and Oklahoma City physician Doug Beall—both OCPA trustees—recently entered the national health care debate with a column in The Wall Street Journal. Their thesis? Medicaid must be dramatically reformed if we are to avoid bankruptcy for the states and ret... READ MORE

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Oklahoma’s Highly Profitable Nonprofit Hospitals

November 1, 2017 - 1:57pm CDT

By Baylee Butler and Byron Schlomach Many “nonprofit” hospitals are highly profitable entities with vast amounts of net revenue, large cash balances, profligate capital spending, and generous executive compensation. Yet they constantly plead poverty and demand ever more government spending. Every ... READ MORE

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Direct Primary Care Puts the Focus on Patients

August 10, 2017 - 2:01pm CDT

By Mike Brake Doctor A, a family physician, arrives at his office shortly after 8 a.m. on a typical day. He has 27 patients scheduled today, and by noon he’s seen 16 of them, spending at most 20 minutes with any one patient. He’s also fielded or made a dozen phone calls and signed stacks of insuran... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Protecting Medicaid

August 4, 2017 - 3:11pm CDT

Former Gov. Frank Keating and Oklahoma City physician Dr. Doug Beall – both trustees of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs – recently entered the national health care debate with a piece in The Wall Street Journal. Their thesis? Medicaid must be dramatically reformed if we are to avoid bankrupt... READ MORE

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The Bogus Budget: Medicaid Expanded Anyway

May 11, 2017 - 4:16pm CDT

It could be worse. States that adopted the Obamacare Medicaid expansion will see higher costs this year thanks to a pre-planned decrease in federal funding. Oklahoma lawmakers refused to bow to the demands of the Obama Administration and Oklahoma Health Care Authority. They stood up for the premise... READ MORE

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A Look at TSET

April 7, 2017 - 8:57am CDT

In 2000, Oklahoma voters created the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). This new state agency receives the payments owed to the state by the tobacco industry after the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. TSET uses the earnings from its investments to fund grants, programs, research related to ... READ MORE

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Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Is Shattering Projections

January 1, 2017 - 4:56pm CST

By Jonathan Ingram and Nicholas Horton In April 2015, the Foundation for Government Accountability released a study highlighting Obamacare expansion’s enrollment explosion, using data from the first year of expansion. Now, new research finds the situation has only gotten worse. Enrollment in previ... READ MORE

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Better Service at a Better Price: Knowledge Is Power

July 22, 2016 - 12:04pm CDT

By Steve Anderson As policymakers prepare for the 2017 legislative session, it is likely that they will be looking for areas where cost savings can be found. I would suggest starting with the two largest items in the state budget. Education OCPA has created a valuable resource for both policymake... READ MORE

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Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Creates Expensive New Entitlement for Able-Bodied Adults While Endangering the Truly Needy

June 1, 2016 - 3:40pm CDT

By Jonathan Ingram and Jonathan Small The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has proposed a plan to “rebalance” Medicaid eligibility in the Sooner State. But this “rebalancing” is really just an Obamacare expansion by another name. The plan has three major components: (1) increasing taxes to raise rei... READ MORE

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