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In a year of increasing inflation, more people plan to give cash over a traditional present this holiday season, according to a new survey from MassMutual.It is all the more reason for Oklahomans with disabilities to open a STABLE Account, if they do not already have one. A STABLE account is…

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New York City, via Newswire.com -- The Vilcek Foundation and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation have announced an open call for nominations for the 2023 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare. The award recognizes immigrant professionals in medicine, healthcare, or public health whose work …

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The rising costs of health care cause some people to skip or delay seeking services they need. But with hospice care, by comparison, there are usually fewer financial concerns, mainly due to the Medicare Hospice Benefit, which can cover up to 100% of hospice services. Still, not everything i…

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Ellyn Hefner, the Democratic nominee in House District 87, was described recently in supportive literature as "a disability rights champion, having dedicated almost twenty years to helping families like her own find resources and support. "Ellyn experienced the devastating shortcomings of th…

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Oklahoma City – Governor Kevin Stitt received the final recommendations from the Helping Every Life and Parent (H.E.L.P.) Task Force in a briefing this week with Chairwoman Juli Merciez, Secretary Kevin Corbett from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Commissioner Keith Reed and Jackie Shawn…

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November sheds light on a segment of Oklahoma’s population that largely remains unseen: parent caregivers. National Family Caregivers Month offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers, which is certainly needed acros…

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Oklahoma City – The office of Governor Kevin Stitt issued a press release with a statement after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved adding the COVID-19 vaccine to childhood immunization schedules. “Regardle…

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Oklahoma City — Hope is one of the strongest predictors of well-being for children with traumatic experiences and for the adults who serve them, according to organizers of upcoming "summit" meetings in Tulsa and the Oklahoma City area. That’s why "Hope Rising Oklahoma" is hosting two events …

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The symptoms of my daughter’s disease had become very apparent. Her bones had become stiff and she walked with a strange gait. She had a head tick with a strange flaying of her arms. All of this was involuntary moments over which she had no control. She was still able with my help to stay on…

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 It would seem the most religious, political, and moral issue facing mankind is the issue on abortion. The great dilemma.In the political arena the abortion issue has been batted back and forth for years. This year, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the 1973 Roe vs Wade ruling, which had ruled…

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Governor Kevin Stitt has signed legislation that blocks certain funding to Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health if the facility provides puberty blockers or performs transgender surgeries on youth. “By signing this bill today, we are taking the first step to protect children from perman…

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Oklahoma parents, especially those with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, have long known that there is a caregiving crisis in our state and across the nation. Lately the signs are even more glaring that we have a major problem in Oklahoma. In September, O…

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Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs President Jonathan Small on September 27 praised state lawmakers’ efforts to protect children from being subjected to medically dubious “transgender” procedures with lifelong impact. “There is growing evidence that so-called transgender treatments cause lon…

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Oklahoma City -- This week, the Oklahoma Council for Child Advocacy (OICA) announced that Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Leslie Osborn will be keynote speaker for the group's Fall Forum, scheduled for October 11, 12 And 13. According to a press release sent to The Oklahoma City Sentinel by O…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration acknowledged Tuesday that its response to the U.S. infant formula shortage was slowed by delays in processing a whistleblower complaint and test samples from the nation's largest formula factory.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – There is hopefully good news coming soon for many Oklahoma expectant mothers. The Helping Every Life and Parent -- or H.E.L.P. -- Task Force was convened by the governor to look at ways to support expectant mothers and their babies. The task force unanimously recommended the …

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Oklahoma City – The Legislative Diabetes Caucus is partnering with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma to host a statewide blood drive to raise awareness for diabetes. According to a press release from the Senate communications staff, Caucus co-chairs Senato…

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Oklahoma City (September 9, 2022) -— Governor Kevin Stitt announced last Friday the eleven members of the Helping Every Life and Parent (H.E.L.P.) Task Force. Stitt created the H.E.L.P. Task Force by Executive Order 2022-14 which he issued in July 2022. The Task Force’s first meeting was set…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Democrat vying to oust Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is facing calls from within her own party to fold her campaign, following the publication of additional leaked audio in which she appears to make disparaging remarks about her constituents.

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Oklahoma City -- An afternoon of entertainment and activities on the southside of the metro area will be sponsored Sunday (September 11) by Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation, the City Public Schools, Fields & Futures and Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD).

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 The Santa Fe Family Life Center (SFFLC) celebrates Oklahomans whose philanthropy has served the community in significant and enduring ways each year. The 2022 John F. Kennedy Community Service Awards Gala will take place at 7 p.m., September 20 (a Tuesday) at Oklahoma City’s Omni Hotel. Lim…

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2022 Green Connections' Annual Prairie and Jazz Dinner will be held on Sunday, September 11 at Harn Homestead, 1721 N. Lincoln Boulevard. The event, which celebrates the beauty and community of life on the prairie, will take place from 6 – 9 p.m.

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HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government says its population has shrunk for a second year as anti-virus controls hampered the inflow of new workers and births declined, but it made no mention of an exodus of residents following a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement.

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 Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) announced this week that David Ward, Director of Long Term Services and Supports, will join the 2022-23 class of the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). According to a press release from OHCA staff, “ELP is a 10-month leadership prog…

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Oklahoma families on the developmental disability waiting list know when they can expect to receive support services now that Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) has officially released an 18-24 month timeline and process to end the 13-year wait list for Developmental Disability Services (DDS.)

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Ukrainian therapist Svitlana Kutsenko thought she was making progress with her patients — army veterans recovering from mental trauma suffered during fighting with Russia in 2014. Then, war erupted again.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Due to a new law recently signed by Governor Kevin Stitt registered voters who are blind, will now be able to vote by electronic absentee ballots in Oklahoma, if they are unable to vote at their precinct polling locations on election day.

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Oklahoma City -- This week Attorney General John O’Connor of Oklahoma filed a petition attacking an Obama-era rule which allowed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to rely upon a determination of a “public health emergency” by the World Health Organization (WHO). In the l…

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They say that it isn’t paranoia if everyone in the world really is out to get you! The two antivax excuses that I have heard are:1.     “The government is going to insert some type of tracking or monitoring device into us.” and2.     (The hands down winner because you don’t have to actually …

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Oklahoma City, OK – Federal Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra has extended the Public Health Emergency’s continuous coverage created in 2020 for certain Medicaid members, effective Friday July 15, 2022. The PHE (Public Health Emergency) extension allows certain Oklahom…

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Many pro-life Oklahomans are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and leave abortion regulation to the states. But all Oklahomans should celebrate the fact that the court did not allow pressure tactics to impact their ruling. If the justices had done otherwis…

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Kevin Stitt, chief executive for the State of Oklahoma, announced Monday (July 12) formation of a state government task force – to include representatives of private sector groups – to advance the efforts of Crisis Pregnancy Centers and others already working to support unborn children and t…

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 Representative Kevin Hern, R-Oklahoma, praised the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision in the case of 'Dobbs v. Jackson.' The decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, reversed the controversial 'Roe v. Wade' decision (1972) and restored regulation of abortion policy to the state level.…