A study on the health care provided to veterans and senior citizens will be done in the fall, after it was requested by State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs), State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) and other state legislators. The study was recently approved by House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview). Dorman (pictured above) said in a press release, " I will request testimony from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs and the Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services to address our concerns." Dorman said the Oklahoma Health Care Authority received a 5 percent reduction in its budget for next year, and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs had a 1.2 percent increase. The study will be combined with that requested by State Rep. Gary Banz (R-Midwest City) to look into veterans' affairs facilities in the state. Others requesting the study were Reps. Richard Morrissette (D-Oklahoma City) and Kevin Matthews (D-Tulsa). By Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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