Catherine Sweeney

Catherine Sweeney
Catherine covers health for StateImpact Oklahoma. She grew up in Muskogee and went to Oklahoma State University. She has covered politics and policy in Colorado's high plains, Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C. You can reach her at catherine@stateimpactoklahoma.org, @cathjsweeney on Twitter or 405-673-5226 on Signal.

Latest by Catherine Sweeney


Empty appointments at mass vaccination sites mark a new priority: hesitant and hard-to-reach Oklahomans

Health officials are starting a new chapter in the state's pandemic response.
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OU Physicians and BlueCross and BlueShield OK’s rate dispute could force thousands to find a new doctor

The two companies surpassed a year of negotiations and never reached an agreement. Come July, the two could be out of network.
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Oklahoma lawmakers introduce now-traditional abortion bills in a changing political environment

The proposed restriction policies don’t vary much, but they could have a better shot at implementation because of shifts on the U.S. and Oklahoma supreme courts.
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Health issues to watch during Oklahoma’s 2021 legislative session

Oklahoma lawmakers face the daunting task of funding Medicaid expansion while the executive branch overhauls the program entirely.
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Oklahoma’s plan for urban mass coronavirus vaccination sites falls through

State faces another disappointment in federal vaccine supply
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Oklahoma chooses vendors for $2 billion program partially privatizing Medicaid

The companies will usher in managed care and partially privatize Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, SoonerCare. That will include the portions under the recently passed Medicaid expansion.
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Oklahoma health officials choose rapid coronavirus vaccination over rigid phase model

Deputy Commissioner of Health Keith Reed says allowing phases to overlap means vaccinating Oklahomans more quickly, which fights community transmission and paves the way for larger vaccine supply shipments.
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StateImpact reporters reflect on eventful 2020

How will the events of last year continue to shape 2021?
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Protecting Oklahoma Alzheimer’s patients from the coronavirus comes at a price

These patients are some of the highest risk, but also the hardest hit by seclusion.
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