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Health & Wellness

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Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is proud to offer the very BEST in technology to our community. The GE Senographe Pristina 3D Digital Breast Unit is like nothing else in the area. This video provides a brief overview of what you can expect the next time you come in for a mammogram.


EOMC does not have an upcharge for a 3D mammo like other healthcare facilities do; We want the best image for everyone, and feel like this is a service every patient deserves.


Call today to set up your appointment. 918-635-3590.


Taking care of your family's healthcare needs since 1950. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Investors in Oklahoma’s medical cannabis industry gathered at the State Capitol today to urge lawmakers and Governor Mary Fallin to call a special legislative session to address the successful implementation of State Question 788. Members of New Health Solutions Oklahoma (NHSO), the trade group for the medical cannabis industry, said that the language in the recently passed ballot measure was insufficient to stand up an orderly market, leaving Oklahomans with a tremendous amount of uncertainty.


“There are a lot of questions left unanswered about how Oklahoma is going to implement a medical cannabis program,” said NHSO Executive Director Bud Scott. “From a medical perspective, that creates a lot of uncertainty for patients, some of whom are very sick and need to be able to get this product quickly and legally. It creates enormous uncertainty for cannabis-related businesses that are trying to figure out what the ground rules are going to be in Oklahoma. Outside of the industry, it’s also confusing for employers, cities and counties, and the law enforcement community. All of these groups are looking to our elected officials for answers.”


Scott said the only way to eliminate this confusion is through a special legislative session.


“The Oklahoma State Department of Health does not have the capability or the legal authority to make all of these important decisions by itself,” said Scott. “Our lawmakers must show some leadership, do their jobs, and legislate. They can’t hide from this issue. The people of Oklahoma made the choice to legalize medical cannabis, and they did so under the assumption that our elected officials would act quickly to create fair rules and regulations. Waiting for problems to arise and correcting them next year, as some politicians have suggested, is not a responsible way to govern.”


NHSO members are circulating a four page memo (click here to download the memo) among lawmakers, outlining specific issues that the industry is pushing to address through legislation in a special session.

Monday, 02 July 2018 00:30

Insure Your Fourth of July Fun

By John D. Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner


Independence Day celebrations just wouldn’t be the same without fireworks. While some people will watch fireworks displays, others will choose to shoot off their own fireworks. But before you celebrate with a bang this year, make sure you’re prepared. It’s important to know what your insurance will and won’t cover if there’s an accident.

Fireworks damage at your home
The National Fire Protection Association says people report more fires on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year. While most people know fireworks can be unsafe, many assume homeowners insurance will cover any damage they cause. Although it is true that homeowners insurance usually covers most fires, there are exceptions. Check with your agent or review your policy to see if your insurance excludes fireworks-related coverage.

Injuries caused by fireworks
Any fireworks injuries to yourself or your family will likely be covered under your health insurance. Your homeowners’ policy steps in when your fireworks injure someone else. Specifically, the liability portion of it usually will pay that person’s medical bills as well as legal expenses up to the limits of the policy.

Safety tips
If you’re going to celebrate this July Fourth with firecrackers or other explosives, consider taking the following precautions before the festivities begin:

• Always have adult supervision when handling fireworks
• Never use them while intoxicated
• Don’t throw or aim them at other people
• Have a hose, bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby
• Always wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks
• Keep all spectators at a reasonable and safe distance
• Keep dogs and other pets away
• Follow and read the directions carefully
• Allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes
• Later, cover them in water, then drain and put them in plastic bag before throwing them away
• Do the same with any “duds” that don’t go off after a few minutes
• Also, don’t try to relight these duds
• Never shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container
• Only use them outdoors on a flat, fireproof, hard surface that’s free from flammable material

Also, an important reminder, setting off fireworks is illegal without a permit in most major towns and cities in Oklahoma.


The best way to make sure you are properly insured for this holiday is to talk to your insurance company or agent about your specific policy. The Oklahoma Insurance Department can also answer insurance-related questions. Call 1-800-522-0071 or visit our website at


Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!


About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.

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June is Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month. CMV is a common virus that, in healthy people, can cause mild illness or no symptoms at all.


While most are unaware they’ve been infected, by age 40, more than half of all adults in the United States have been infected with CMV. This virus, that typically produces mild or no symptoms, increases the risk of certain birth defects for unborn babies when a woman is exposed during pregnancy. When CMV is passed from mom to baby during pregnancy, it is called congenital CMV infection. Congenital infection may occur when a pregnant woman experiences a first-time CMV infection, reinfection with a different CMV strain, or when a previous CMV infection reactivates.

Since 91 percent of women are unaware of CMV, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is promoting awareness of this public health concern. About one in every 200 babies is born with a congenital CMV infection, but only one in 10 babies with CMV infection at birth will have noticeable signs of infection including small head size, jaundice, or an enlarged liver or spleen. Approximately one in five babies with congenital CMV infection will have long-term health problems such as hearing or vision loss, intellectual disability, small head size, seizures, or lack of coordination. Many babies born with congenital CMV infection won’t have symptoms at birth, but are still at risk of developing hearing loss later in life.
Cara Gluck is an OSDH regional director for Beckham, Greer, Harmon, Jackson and Tillman counties, and the mother of a child diagnosed with CMV. She said awareness is key to prevention, and that a woman should be informed of risks to her unborn child to include information on CMV.

“My provider knew I was considered in a higher risk category because I had a young child in a day care setting, and because she was potty-training while I was pregnant, but never discussed this risk with me,” said Gluck. “Had I only known, my husband and I could have made some behavioral changes relating to care for our, then 2-year-old, daughter. He could have been the one to care for her when she was sick, instead of me.”

She said awareness comes through education and knowing your risk, and encourages any woman of childbearing years or is pregnant to ask her provider to do the basic blood screening to determine if she has antibodies. If she does, she is at a lower risk for spreading the virus to her unborn child.

“I hope in the future, women are educated and screening is done,” Gluck said.

Since CMV is common in young children, women around young children are at a higher risk for exposure to CMV. CMV can be passed from children to pregnant women through urine or saliva during diaper changes, sharing of eating utensils, or exchanging saliva when kissing.

Women can reduce their risk by wash washing their hands after contact with bodily fluids and avoid saliva exchange. While routine testing of pregnant women for CMV infection is not currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women can ask their doctor for a simple blood test to find out about their CMV status.

More information can be found on the CDC website at or The National CMV Foundation website at




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As temperatures climb, so does the risk for heat-related illness due to hyperthermia (overheating). The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds parents that children’s bodies overheat easily, and infants and children under age 4 are among those at greatest risk for heat-related illnesses.

Heat stroke is one of the leading causes of non-crash, vehicle–related death for children. In the United States, a child dies from heat stroke in a vehicle every 10 days. Parents and caregivers of young children should especially keep in mind that vehicles heat up quickly and can be extremely dangerous for children.

A report from the National Safety Council indicates more than half of deaths of kids in hot cars were at home, and 25 percent of deaths occurred at the caregiver’s workplace. The report also states there were 21 deaths of children in hot cars in Oklahoma from 1998-2017.

OSDH offers the following safety tips to keep Oklahoma children safe in cars during extreme heat:
Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute, even if the windows are open.
• The temperature inside a vehicle can rise to more than 140 degrees Farenheit when the outside temperature is 101 degrees Farenheit, and a child’s body temperature can increase three to five times faster than an adult’s body temperature.
• Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes, even with the windows cracked.
Look before you lock. Always check the back seat. Check to ensure all children are taken out of the vehicle when reaching the destination. More than 50 percent of cases of children dying in hot cars occurred when a distracted caregiver forgot that a child was in the back seat. Even great parents can forget a child in the back seat.
• Set up a reminder– a phone call from a friend or spouse, a note on the vehicle dashboard, or place something needed for the day (such as a purse, briefcase, or cell phone) in the back seat so you will check the back seat and see the child before leaving the vehicle.
• Be especially careful when changing routines for dropping off children for child care. Heat stroke incidents occur when people’s routine is disrupted.
• If transporting children and cargo, such as groceries, take children from the vehicle first.
• Make sure the child care provider has a system in place to prevent leaving children alone in their van or bus.
Keep vehicle doors and trunks closed and locked. Up to one-third of heat-related deaths among children occurred when a child was playing in an unlocked vehicle and became trapped inside.
• Keep vehicle keys out of reach and out of sight. Teach children not to play in or around vehicles.
• Teach children that vehicle trunks are not safe places to hide. Show children how to use the emergency trunk release if they become trapped inside.

If a child is seen alone in a locked, parked car, it is permitted by law to forcibly enter the vehicle to rescue the child. Call 911 immediately for emergency assistance. Once the child is out of the vehicle, stay with the child in a safe place near the vehicle until emergency responders arrive.

To receive more information on summer car safety, contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at (405) 271-3430 or visit and click on Fact Sheets and then click Kids in Hot Cars.

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Oklahoma City—The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has moved all of the remaining children out of the Laura Dester Children’s Center in Tulsa, officially ending use of the facility as an emergency shelter for children being brought into the foster care system.

Laura Dester was the last state-run shelter and had become the placement of last resort for children who could not be immediately placed in foster homes or other treatment facilities, primarily children with high levels of need such as behavioral challenges, intellectual and physical disabilities.

“We are so grateful to the many shelter staff and our placement team who worked tirelessly to care for these children and who put so much effort into finding safe, needs-based placements for each child,” said DHS Director Ed Lake. “They put the needs of the children before their own, caring for the children and staying until the very last child was moved. We also appreciate all of our private providers and partners for helping us along this journey to place the children.”

“However, our work continues non-stop to develop more and better placement options and treatment solutions for these children with challenging needs and others coming into our system every day.”

“This is a bittersweet moment for us and for the Tulsa community. Tulsans were instrumental in building this fine facility and supporting the children and our staff who cared for them. We look forward to a “re-opening” of this facility for a new purpose this fall to serve children who need specialized treatment.”


Last child

One of the last two children at Laura Dester Children’s Center walks about with a DHS staff member to leave for her new placement.

DHS received a letter on March 5 from the “co-neutrals”, monitors overseeing the agency’s foster care reforms, requiring the remaining children to be moved out of Laura Dester by June 30. DHS requested more time to ensure the best placements and services could be developed for each child, however the co-neutrals received a court order to enforce their deadline.

In March, there were 42 kids at Laura Dester, many of whom already had transition plans move. Of the children who were on campus, two are now in trial reunification with their families, 13 were moved into foster homes, 13 were moved to group homes, five were sent to specialized treatment facilities, and three to youth services shelters.

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Trade Association Calls for Leadership and a Special Session to Create Responsible Rules and Regulations for a Timely Implementation of SQ788


OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma voters made the compassionate decision to legalize medical marijuana with the passage of State Question 788. Bud Scott, the Executive Director of New Health Solutions Oklahoma, Inc., the trade association for the medical cannabis industry in Oklahoma, said the vote was a victory for Oklahomans who are suffering from a variety of medical conditions.


“Almost all of us know someone who is suffering from cancer, PTSD, seizures, or one of the dozens of medical conditions and illnesses that medical cannabis is proven to be effective in treating,” said Scott. “This vote was a victory for them. I am proud and honored to have worked alongside thousands of Oklahomans who pushed for this change.”


“The will of the people is clear: they want Oklahomans to have access to this medical product,” said Scott. “For that to happen, we need an orderly and fairly regulated marketplace with responsible rules and regulations consistent with the spirit of SQ 788. The medical cannabis industry is ready to work together with lawmakers, regulatory agencies, and the medical community at-large to develop those rules and regulations in a timely manner.”


New Health Solutions Oklahoma, Inc., Political Director, Jed Green, says, “The voice of the people has been deafening. Our campaign has only begun. We look forward to working with our elected representatives and communicating the results of those efforts with the people of Oklahoma. Our hope is that leadership is displayed by the Governor and members of the Legislature in a timely implementation of the medical cannabis program.”


About New Health Solutions Oklahoma

Located in the heart of Oklahoma City, NHSO consists of members of Oklahoma's business, medical, legal and agricultural communities committed to supporting new economic opportunities and healthy enterprises. Representing a broad spectrum of experience, skillets, and interests, NHSO brings a wealth of knowledge and assets to the development of public policy and market opportunities, specifically related to the emerging medical cannabis industry in Oklahoma. Through responsible regulations, public education and community outreach, we strive to provide Oklahoman's with access to new forms of medical relief, while creating innovative investment opportunities. NHSO and its members are committed to working with the business, medical, legal and agricultural community to ensure the responsible development of the medical cannabis industry in Oklahoma, while preserving public health, deterring drug and alcohol abuse by Oklahoma's youths, and combating the illicit drug trade.



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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans who buy their health insurance through the federal marketplace will have a choice between two insurers in 2019. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma and Medica both submitted Qualified Health Plan applications, along with rates, for certification.


“Buying health coverage for you and your family is important, and now with two health insurance carriers on the exchange, Oklahoma consumers have more options from which to choose what best suits their needs,” Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said. “Having two insurers creates product choices and alternatives that are essential to our marketplace.”


More than 140,000 people purchased plans in Oklahoma’s exchange during open enrollment for the 2018 policy year. That was about four percent lower than those who enrolled the year before.


By law, the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) does not have authority to approve or deny rates filed by insurers on the federal exchange. Oklahoma, along with Texas and Wyoming, is a direct enforcement state with no authority to enforce provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Insurance companies offering products on the exchange are required to submit rate filing justifications to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for evaluation and review.


CMS intends to post information on proposed rate filings for consumers to review on on Aug. 1. OID cannot comment on the rates until that time. CMS officials will review the proposed rate and form filings, determine if they are reasonable and post final rate information on Nov. 1 in time for open enrollment.


The 2019 open enrollment period is Nov. 1 – Dec. 15.


About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.

In advance of a one dollar increase in the tax on cigarettes and little cigars on July 1, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is encouraging those who wish to quit smoking to take advantage of programs that may be available to provide help.

The tax increase is projected to prompt more than 18,000 Oklahomans to stop smoking and the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (1-800-QUIT-NOW, 1-800-784-8669) is expecting an increase in calls from those who want to give up the smoking habit.

OSDH is also encouraging state employers to join in the effort to educate their employees on what assistance may be available for those who want to quit.


Smoking costs Oklahoma businesses an estimated $5,816 per smoker per year, primarily in the form of increase health care costs and productivity losses.

In 2016, 57.5% of smokers said they had made a least one quit attempt during the past year. It often takes multiple attempts before smokers can give up what for many has been a lifelong habit.

“Quitting is tough but help is available. Health insurance companies that offer major medical coverage are required to cover preventive services such as tobacco use counseling and smoking cessation medications”, said Oklahoma Insurance Department Commissioner John D. Doak.“The services are covered with no out-of-pocket costs and no prior authorization. Oklahomans with questions about coverage for these services are encouraged to call my office at 1-800-522-0071 or check with their employer about benefits offered.”

“As Commissioner Doak points out, help is available and it is to the benefit of employers to make their employees aware of that assistance,” said Interim OSDH Commissioner Tom Bates. “Workers who smoke at least one pack of cigarettes a day experience 75 percent more lost productive time than nonsmoking workers, and just three 15-minute smoke breaks a day add up to more than a week of lost time in just one year.”

“We realize that quitting for many is a difficult thing. That is why it is important to provide support for those who wish to quit and employers can provide a great deal of that support,” said Christin Kirchenbauer, OSDH Cessation Systems Coordinator. “Things like providing extra breaks for the employee to call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline can provide the boost that they need.”

Employers can provide support for their employees that are motivated to quit tobacco in a number of other ways:

• Communicate and promote the company insurance benefits for tobacco cessation - what medication is available, the costs, co-pays, what counseling is available
• Internal resources such as cessation classes, insurance nurse lines, health promotion programs
• Promote and communicate statewide resources like the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (1-800-QUIT–NOW, 1-800-784-8669),

Overall, the reduction in the number of those using tobacco is expected to save the state more than $765 million dollars in long-term health costs.

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