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What budget cuts could mean for the Oklahoma State Department of Health

OK (KSWO)- The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has developed plans covering projected 5, 10 or 15% reductions in state appropriated funding.

“The requested scenarios place OSDH in the unfortunate situation of having to eliminate programs, reduce services, regionalize statewide services and close county health department sites to meet the requirements of the potential revenue reduction,” said OSDH Commissioner and Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Terry Cline. “These are steps that are painful, but necessary in the current financial climate.”

The cuts would significantly affect the following programs and services currently offered by OSDH:

  • uncompensated care for uninsured Oklahomans who receive care from Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
  • reduction or elimination of child abuse prevention programs
  • elimination of funding for colorectal cancer screenings
  • reduction or elimination of the parentPRO program
  • elimination of the dental services program
  • closure of county clinics in areas that have more than one county health department
  • reduction of funding for the Oklahoma Athletic Commission.

OSDH has received a 28.9% reduction in state appropriations since 2009, from $75 million dollars to $54 million dollars. The projected cuts range from an additional $2.7 million dollars to $8.1 million dollars. The full effect of these cuts will not be known until a state budget is approved.

Information provided by OSDH. 

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