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.

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A decade in the making, Medicaid expansion takes effect in Oklahoma

More than 100,000 Oklahomans have already enrolled in the program, which provides health coverage to low-income adults
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‘It’s all about meeting people where they are:’ Oklahoma legalizes clean needle exchange programming

Lawmakers focused on the policy's public safety benefits to ensure its passage out of Oklahoma's conservative statehouse.
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Health officials are hopeful Medicaid expansion and new safe syringe program will curtail Oklahoma’s Hepatitis C deaths

Oklahoma has long struggled with Hepatitis C and remains third in the nation for deaths from the viral infection.
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“History in the making:” Thousands of volunteers turn out for Oklahoma’s COVID-19 vaccine effort

Local health officials say that vaccine clinics would be impossible without the volunteers who did everything from administering shots to monitoring bathrooms.
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Stitt Administration’s partially privatized Medicaid plan finds unexpected opponent: Oklahoma House Republicans

Gov. Kevin Stitt's top health priority has been SoonerSelect, a program that would bring insurance companies into Medicaid. House Republicans have joined the fight against it.
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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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