CHIP: The Oklahoma Health Care Authority says up to 3,900 people could see a loss or reduction of health coverage if Congress doesn’t act soon to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP.
The basic CHIP program is expected to continue through the end of the current fiscal year, but OHCA said dental services, coverage of pregnant women through the Soon-to-be-Sooners program and premium subsidies for children whose parents are covered by Insure Oklahoma on Feb. 28.
Congress has been unable to agree on CHIP renewal since September, even though the program is popular with both parties.
Candidates and elections: Tuesday is the state Senate District 27 Republican primary special election in northwestern Oklahoma. Six Republicans are entered in the winner-take-all contest, including state Rep. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, and national committeewoman Carolyn McLarty. The winner will meet Democrat Amber Jensen in the Feb. 13 general election.
Republican First Congressional District candidate Kevin Hern, a McDonald’s franchisee, managed to work President Donald Trump’s affinity for Big Macs and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches into a fund-raising appeal.
Meetings and events: Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper will be featured speaker at the Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County at 11:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7902 S. Lewis Ave.
Tuesday, Dave Bond of Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs will be featured at the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Golden Corral, 9711 E. 71st St.
Bottom lines: State Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, said he will file legislation for the upcoming special session that would essentially end written prescriptions for opioids. Instead, those prescriptions would have to be transmitted electronically or by telephone to pharmacists. … Tulsa oilman Bob Sullivan was elected chairman of the new state Performance and Accountability Commission. Another Tulsan, attorney John O’Connor, was chosen vice chairman. … State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, said he will propose consolidating the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs during next year’s regular legislative session.FacebookTwitterGoogle +