Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Journal Record Health Care Briefs: October 26, 2010

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Journal Record Health Care Briefs: October 26, 2010

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State receives federal health care grant

The Insurance Department Health Care Ombudsman Program in Oklahoma will receive a $415,000 Consumer Assistant Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The grant was included in nearly $30 million awarded to states. The grants will support state efforts to establish or strengthen consumer assistance health insurance programs.

"The Affordable Care Act's Patient's Bill of Rights gives people important benefits and ends the worst insurance company abuses," said Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services secretary.

Altogether, 35 states, four territories and the District of Columbia applied for and will receive grant awards.

Oklahoma plans to use the money to connect consumers with health insurance programs and resources, establish outreach programs, develop communication and education materials, assist consumers to make informed decisions when selecting a health plan, help consumers resolve problems with their health insurance plans and develop a statewide system of health care ombudsman volunteers.

Eastern Star makes donation to OMRF

The Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star presented the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation with a donation of $16,188. The donation was presented at the Eastern Star's annual statewide banquet in Guthrie. The gift increased Eastern Star's overall donations to OMRF to more than $161,000 since the foundation became the group's statewide charitable beneficiary in 2002.

The Order of the Eastern Star has 137 chapters in Oklahoma.

Oklahome City Indian Clinic announces promotions

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic has promoted David Toahty to chief development officer and Rita Wright-Burkhalter to director of health services.

Toahty will serve as liaison to the community, organize community events, lead fundraising opportunities and create clinic publications and marketing tools. He has been with the clinic since 1997 and previously served as chief finance officer. Wright- Burkhalter has been with the clinic since 1996 and most recently was community development director.

Osborn named pharmacist of year

William E. …

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