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Health care reform talk at Cameron U tomorrow

( – promoted by OKWatchdog)

If you’re in the Lawton area and have some time, stop by Cameron University’s CETES Conference Center at 1 p.m. for a roundtable discussion on health care reform. It’s free and open to the public.

OKWatchdog will be there to talk about health insurance reform. Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland, Wayne Rohde of Oklahomans for Health Care Reform and a Lawton physician will also speak.

Here’s the press release from Cameron:

Cameron University’s Business Research Center will present Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland during a business forum dealing with healthcare reform issues on Thursday, November 19.

The presentation, starting at 1 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center, will also feature a panel comprised of Jeff Raymond, Executive Director, OKWatchdog, a patient advocacy organization; Wayne Rohde, co-founder of Oklahomans for Health Care Reform; and Dr. Brent Smith, a personal care physician in Lawton. The forum is open to the public at no charge.

A long-time advocate for affordable health insurance, Holland continually works to reduce costs and expand access to coverage. Elected to office in 2006 after having been appointed by Gov. Brad Henry in January 2005 to fill an unexpired term, she has a proven track record of consumer advocacy over more than two decades as an insurance professional. Her professional and public policy experience in health care and health insurance provides a strong backdrop to her commitment as commissioner to lead health policy reforms that guarantee all Oklahomans access to affordable healthcare coverage.

Commissioner Holland is the recipient of the statewide 2007 Public Service Champion of Health, which recognizes her contributions to reducing uninsured in our state.

Last chance: Health care town hall tomorrow (Nov. 5) in OKC

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We’ve all been following the national health care debate. But what most people don’t realize is that state governments have many of the same powers at their disposal as Congress and will be called upon to implement whatever Congress passes.

So, shameless plug alert: You can help influence what we do as a state by attending an Oklahomans for Health Care Reform town hall meeting Thursday at Metro Tech, Springlake Campus, from 6 to 8 p.m. This will be the sixth and final town hall meeting we conduct. We will then begin compiling people’s stories and survey results and write a report to give to legislators before next session, as well as draft a legislative agenda.

To do this, we need you there.

Previous meetings have been in Noble, Lawton, Muskogee, Stillwater and Broken Arrow.

The format will be open, with audience members sharing their stories and suggesting solutions to make Oklahomans healthier and provide better access to care. We moderate the discussions but depend on the audience and legislators to keep things interesting.

Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow; Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa; and Sen. Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah, attended our last meeting and had very different views on health care reform. It made for a worthwhile two hours.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform is nonpartisan and focuses on state-specific solutions rather than waiting for Congress to act.

WHO: Oklahomans for Health Care Reform (www.okhealthcarereform.com)

WHAT: Last in a series of town-hall meetings throughout the state

WHERE: Metro Tech, Spring Lake Campus, 36th & MLK Blvd., OKC

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Nov 5

Health care reform town hall tour continues in Broken Arrow

Northeastern Oklahoma residents will have the opportunity to share their health care experiences and concerns next week at the fifth of Oklahomans for Health Care Reform’s ongoing town hall meetings throughout the state.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform kicked off the series in Noble in July.

The format in Broken Arrow will be open, with audience members sharing their stories and suggesting solutions to make Oklahomans healthier and provide better access to care.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform is an alliance of consumers, small businesses, patient advocates, medical professionals and others who are sick and tired of seeing health insurance companies deny care and kill life-saving legislation.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform seeks to draw attention to the need for increased oversight of the under-regulated industry and greater fairness in how it treats policyholders.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform is nonpartisan and focuses on state-specific solutions rather than waiting for Congress to act. The group was formed to provide a voice for regular Oklahomans in health care issues, advocate for health care change and promote projects and services for a healthier state.

Participants will include legislators; state agency personnel; small-business owners; patients, doctors and health care providers; and anyone who is interested in providing policymakers with reliable information for use in upcoming legislative sessions.

The town hall will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow in the second-floor ballroom, Building A.

Come share your stories and concerns.  

Share your health care story in Stillwater

( – promoted by OKWatchdog)

You are cordially invited to attend the Oklahomans for Health Care Reform Town Hall meeting in Stillwater on 24th. The event will be hosted at the Sheerar Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. The Sheerer Museum is located at 702 S. Duncan.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform was formed to provide our citizens a voice in health care issues that affect their everyday lives. Our mission is to advocate for change in our health care system, promote existing programs and develop local and state programs that offer education, assistance or services for making Oklahoma a healthier state.  

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform is a non-partisan organization that seeks solutions to existing health care problems to provide a real voice on behalf of our citizens to local and state officials and legislators regarding health care issues in Oklahoma.

The Town Hall meeting in Stillwater is a continuation in a series of meetings planned across Oklahoma this year.  

We are encouraging medical practitioners, local business leaders, local town officials, state agency officials and legislators to attend the series of meetings to listen to issues from our citizens and to provide necessary information and discussion.

Visit www.okhealthcarereform.com for more information.  

LAWTON NEXT STOP FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM TOWN HALL TOUR

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Lawton residents will have the opportunity to share their health care experiences and concerns next week at the second of Oklahomans for Health Care Reform’s ongoing town hall meetings throughout the state.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform kicked off the successful series last month in Noble.

The format in Lawton will be open, with audience members sharing their stories and suggesting solutions to make Oklahomans healthier and provide better access to care.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform is an alliance of consumers, small businesses, patient advocates, medical professionals and others who are sick and tired of seeing health insurance companies deny care and kill life-saving legislation. Oklahomans for Health Care Reform seeks to draw attention to the need for increased oversight of the under-regulated industry and greater fairness in how it treats policyholders.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform is nonpartisan and focuses on state-specific solutions rather than waiting for Congress to act.

Participants will include legislators; state agency personnel; small-business owners; patients, doctors and health care providers; and anyone who is interested in providing policymakers with reliable information for use in upcoming legislative sessions.

WHO: Oklahomans for Health Care Reform (www.okhealthcarereform.com)

WHAT: Second in a series of town-hall meetings throughout the state

WHERE: Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Oakwood Conference Room, 3401 W Gore, Lawton

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13

Legislators and candidates who have been invited to attend are:

House District 42: Lisa Billy

House District 47: Leslie Osborn

House District 50: Dennis Johnson

House District 51: Corey Holland

House District 52: Charles Ortega

House District 55: Ryan McMullen

House District 55 candidates:  Todd Russ, Larry Peck, Alex Damon, Jeff Ledford

House District 56: Phil Richardson

House District 62: T.W. Shannon

House District 63: Don Armes

House District 64: Ann Coody

House District 65: Joe Dorman

Senate District 24: Anthony Sykes

Senate District 14: Johnnie Crutchfield

Senate District 23: Ron Justice

Senate District 32: Randy Bass

Senate District 31: Don Barrington

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole

Oklahomans for Healthcare Reform town hall meeting in Noble

( – promoted by OKWatchdog)

You are cordially invited to attend the Oklahomans for Healthcare Reform town hall meeting in Noble July 9th. The event will be hosted at the Truth Church, located at 4800 East Etowah Road in Noble, from 6pm to 8pm.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform was formed to provide our citizens a voice in health care issues that affect their everyday lives. Our mission is to advocate for change in our health care system, promote existing and developing local and state programs that offer education, assistance, or services for making Oklahoma a healthier state.

Oklahomans for Health Care Reform is a nonpartisan organization that seeks solutions to existing health care problems to provide a real voice on behalf of our citizens to local and state officials and legislators regarding health care issues in Oklahoma.

RSVP at www.okhealthcarereform.com