DHS to use agency attorneys to speed up adoptions

DHS to use agency attorneys to speed up adoptions

Oklahoma City — The Department of Human Services announced this week a new initiative to more quickly and efficiently finalize adoptions for children in foster care who are legally-free.  The DHS Legal Services division has created an Adoption Unit whose sole function is to assist prospective adoptive parents as they manage and finalize the adoption process […]

November GRF receipts above estimate

Sales tax collections continue slide; receipts remain below yearly estimate

November GRF receipts above estimate

OKLAHOMA CITY — An unexpectedly high deposit from individual income tax collections pushed November’s General Revenue Fund (GRF) 7.3 percent above the monthly estimate, but with sales tax collections continuing to slide the total receipts for the fiscal year remained below the estimate.

DPS: OHP troopers restricted due to budget shortfall

DPS: OHP troopers restricted due to budget shortfall

The Department of Public Safety announced today they will be implementing additional cost-saving measures to make up for a budget shortfall for FY17. Effective December 1, 2016 Troopers will have a daily 100-mile restriction on OHP patrol cars. OHP aircraft flying hours will be reduced and some dispatch operations will be altered between 11 p.m. […]

Gov. Fallin looks forward to offering comprehensive justice reform policies following passage of SQ 780

Gov. Fallin looks forward to offering comprehensive justice reform policies following passage of SQ 780

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today said that Oklahoma voters made it clear this week they want the state to redirect how it deals with drug addiction and the criminal justice system. Nearly 60 percent (58.2 percent) of voters on Tuesday voted for State Question 780, which would reduce the penalties for some nonviolent […]

Applications available for 2017 aging academy

Applications available for 2017 aging academy

Oklahoma City —The Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy (OAALA) is accepting applications for its upcoming 20th anniversary class of 2017.  OAALA provides free training for individuals to become volunteer community leaders and advocates for Oklahoma’s aging population.

Free help with Medicare open enrollment could lead to major savings

Free help with Medicare open enrollment could lead to major savings

OKLAHOMA CITY – Medicare beneficiaries in Oklahoma can get free, unbiased help reviewing their Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans for 2017. The Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Medicare Assistance Program (MAP) and its partner agencies are offering the assistance during the open enrollment period. Last year, MAP counselors helped Oklahoma beneficiaries save an average of $1,900 […]

Study finds uncompensated care fund crucial for Oklahomans’ health

Study finds uncompensated care fund crucial for Oklahomans’ health

OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Senate Health and Human Services met Tuesday to hear from local healthcare organizations about the importance of the health center uncompensated care fund (UCF) to the health and well-being of Oklahomans. The Oklahoma Department of Health stopped distributing payments to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) for health care to the […]

Murphey present for 100 percent of votes in 2016

Murphey present for 100 percent of votes in 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Representative Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, made sure that he was representing House District 31 citizens by being present to vote in 867 out of 867 roll call votes during the 2016 legislative session. During the ten-year time frame since being elected to office, Murphey voted in 11,887 out of 11,956 roll call […]

Gov. Fallin announces Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program

The initiative will identify priority health concerns, access to care issues

Gov. Fallin announces Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced the official kickoff of the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program, a private/public initiative to develop a comprehensive healthcare access and delivery system for the state’s veterans.