Health Care Reform

Local & Regional
1:31 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

A Tulsa Forum Tackles Health Care Issues

Oklahoma Hospital Association President and CEO, Craig Jones.
Credit KWGS News

There are more than 630-thousand Oklahomans without medical insurance coverage. It impacts those that do have insurance, and the issue is a major topic discussed at a health care forum in Tulsa today. President of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, Craig Jones, says in 2013 hospitals in the state gave over $550-million in care to those without insurance. He says that cost has to be shifted, so it’s borne by those with insurance and companies that privately insure their employees.

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3:55 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

CA Mental Health Workers: On Strike...and at the Forefront of Certain Problems in U.S. Health Care

Aired on Friday, January 30th.

On this episode of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host Dr. John Schumann speaks with reporter April Dembosky, who covers health care issues and medical news for public-radio station KQED in San Francisco (and also for NPR, on occasion). Dembosky recently participated in a segment on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered that carried the headline "Calif.

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5:09 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

John Silva of Morton Comprehensive: His Health Clinics Can No Longer Accept New Uninsured Patients

Aired on Monday, January 19th.

At the end of 2014, a surprising announcement appeared in the Tulsa World. A subsequent news item expanding on this announcement had the following headline: "Morton Clinics Won't Accept New Uninsured Patients, Citing State Cuts to Funding." Morton Comprehensive Health Services -- with clinics in Tulsa, Nowata, and Bartlesville -- is one of Northeastern Oklahoma's leading providers of health care for uninsured patients.

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3:21 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

ST on Health: Meet Dr. Donald Berwick, an Internationally Acclaimed Expert on Improving Health Care

Aired on Tuesday, December 16th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with Dr. Donald Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick is also a former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and he has served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as the staffs of Boston's Children's Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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2:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

StudioTulsa on Health: A Disccusion with Tracy Davenport, a Tulsa-Based "Health Care Coordinator"

Aired on Friday, May 30th.

On this edition of ST on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with Tracy Davenport, a self-described "health care coordinator" --- basically, this means she's a freelance case manager who works to help patients and/or their families navigate today's ever-more-complicated medical system. It's often about being a good listener and asking lots of questions, says Davenport, who's had many years of experience as a registered nurse.

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3:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

StudioTulsa on Health: Concerning CommunityCare, the Tulsa-Based Medical Insurance Company

Aired on Monday, October 21st.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Henning Schumann speaks with Dr. Jack Sommers, chief medical officer for CommunityCare, the Tulsa-based medical insurance firm that's owned and operated by Saint Francis Hospital and St. John Medical Center. (This company began as CommunityCare HMO in 1993; you can read a full history for CommunityCare here.) In an interesting and wide-ranging discussion, Dr.

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5:51 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Meet John M. Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Tulsa-Based Morton Comprehensive Health Services

Aired on Tuesday, February 5th.

On this installment of StudioTulsa on Health, our guest host, Dr. John Henning Schumann, chats with John Silva, CEO of Morton Comprehensive Health Services, a non-profit organization which dates back to 1921 --- it first came into being as Maurice Willows Hospital, when it was created by the American Red Cross in the immediate wake of the Tulsa Race Riot --- and which is now one of Oklahoma's largest community health centers.

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Local & Regional
8:44 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Health Board Member Resigns, Cites Medicaid

Credit File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) β€” An Oklahoma Board of Health member has resigned β€” saying he did so because of Governor Mary Fallin's decision not to accept federal funding to expand the state's Medicaid program.

Glenn Davis told the Tulsa World on Friday that it "doesn't make any sense" that Fallin would reject the funding. He says the money would help Oklahomans who have no insurance.

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Local & Regional
8:44 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Fallin Delays Decision on Insurance Exchange

Governor Fallin
Credit State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) β€” Governor Mary Fallin is delaying a decision on whether the state will set up its own health insurance exchange or allow a federal model to be established in Oklahoma.

Fallin's office announced Friday the Republican governor decided to delay her decision after the federal government extended the deadline for states to provide notice if they plan to set up an exchange, which is an online health insurance marketplace where people can shop for coverage.

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6:31 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

How Might Certain Aspects of the Affordable Care Act Play Out in Oklahoma?

Aired on Tuesday, July 24th.

The decision last month by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Car Act (or ACA) has opened up new avenues of opposition --- or, as some states would have it, new grounds on which to reject the law. In its momentous decision, the Court said basically that any state could opt out of the law's expansion of Medicaid with no penalties to its existing programs. Under the ACA, the federal government will help states expand their coverage of Medicaid patients to 133% of the poverty line.

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