Public Health

 

Trauma care efforts in the state will benefit from an anticipated $2.6 million in additional fees generated by SB 290. Revenues will be used to compensate trauma care providers and support development of a statewide trauma care system. (SB 290)

The State Health Department received $205,000 to enhance programs addressing chronic and communicable diseases, including: (HB 1523)

  • $100,000 for AIDS Drug Assistance program;

  • $40,000 for Tuberculosis control;

  • $35,000 for alcohol intervention;

  • $10,000 for end-state renal disease;

  • $10,000 for diabetes; and

  • $10,000 for sickle cell.

$65,000 was appropriated to DHS to expand services for children afflicted with the Prader-Willie Syndrome, a life-threatening birth defect. Characteristics of the syndrome include insatiable appetite and varying degrees of mental retardation. (SB 146)

$100,000 was appropriated for rural fluoridation projects to assist four to five community water systems. Fluoridation is estimated to reduce dental decay by up to 40%. (HB 1523)

The Legislature appropriated an additional $200,000 to support the state's four federally qualified community health centers. These centers are primary providers of health care to low-income and uninsured Oklahomans. (HB 1523)

The state's Health Care Information System, operated by the Health Department, was appropriated an additional $100,000. The system collects and disseminates hospital admission and treatment data. (HB 1523)

The Legislature added $175,000 to the appropriation of the Poison Control Center. Increased funding will allow the Center to continue 24-hour service to families and medical providers facing poison-related emergencies. (HB 1523)

The Legislature approved an income tax credit for restaurant operators who pay for Hepatitis A immunizations for employees. (SB 644)

 

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