Health Care

Expert says ‘sloppy research’ mars one defense of Medicaid expansion

Defenders of Medicaid expansion claim there’s no relation between expansion of that welfare program and the number of disabled individuals put on waiting lists for state services. But a national policy expert says research dismissing that connection has glaring methodological flaws and is a “political talking point in search of data.”

Ray Carter
June 3, 2019
Budget & Tax, Good Government

LOFT may be used more by watchdogs than lawmakers

This year, lawmakers created the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT), which will audit agency budgets and evaluate the effectiveness of state programs and services, issuing published reports of resulting conclusions.

Supporters say the office will lead to better legislative oversight and more efficient use of taxpayer dollars. But officials in other states with similar programs say private-sector watchdogs, rather than politicians, often make better use of the resulting data.

Ray Carter
May 31, 2019
Budget & Tax

Analyst: Spending alone is no measure of success

To simply increase government spending without any focus on also improving outcomes, 1889 Institute research fellow Mike Davis said, is “a terrible goal.”

Ray Carter
May 30, 2019
Higher Education

OCPA still waiting for OU open records

Is the University of Oklahoma a campus rife with racism, hostility to other minority groups, and rampant threats, intimidation, and discrimination? Hopefully not, but there’s no way to tell for certain because the university has failed to respond to requests for details about complaints filed with the school’s bias hotline.

Mike Brake
May 29, 2019
Health Care

Mulready: Bills increase insurance choices

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready says this year’s passage of two bills to increase access to health insurance and give people protection against catastrophic events represent a small step forward in addressing Oklahoma’s health needs.

Ray Carter
May 28, 2019
Budget & Tax

New budget hits near record high

The $8.3 billion appropriated budget is a near record for Oklahoma. This brings the two-year increase in appropriations to $1.2 billion.

Curtis Shelton
May 28, 2019
Health Care

Gov. Stitt reiterates opposition to Medicaid expansion

Gov. Kevin Stitt reiterated his opposition to Medicaid expansion on Friday and discussed efforts to come up with an alternative plan to address Oklahoma’s health care needs.

Ray Carter
May 24, 2019

Legislative session comes to an end

The Oklahoma Legislature effectively ended this year’s session on Thursday when lawmakers passed a resolution allowing both chambers to stand adjourned for more than three days and declaring sine die adjournment will occur by 5 p.m. on May 31.

Ray Carter
May 24, 2019
Budget & Tax