By DAVID M. LEWIS, AP telehealth reporterAssociated PressOklahoma, the state where Donald Trump was born and raised, has a national health crisis.
Nearly half of Oklahomans are uninsured and the rate of cancer is twice the national average, according to a national study.
The Oklahoman, a newspaper in Oklahoma City, found that Oklahomaans are nearly twice as likely to have a chronic disease as the national median, including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Oklahoman Mike Jones, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, says he’s been dealing with mental health issues since he was in high school.
“I’m kind of in denial.
I don’t think it’s my fault, it’s not my fault,” he said.
Mary Fallin, a Republican, has said Trump has “been incredibly helpful to our state.”
“I have been extremely proud of him as president of the United States,” she said.
Trump’s presidency has been a roller coaster ride, but the president and his administration have been working to improve conditions for Oklahomeans.
A state agency, the Oklahama Health Department, said its health team is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to set up a new medical home for patients with chronic conditions.
“Our focus is to have these people have access to quality, safe and affordable care,” said Dr. Brian Rader, director of the health department.
The agency said it is working to create a state-of-the-art facility that will be open by 2020.
It’s not just Oklahomes’ health problems that are getting attention, but also their families.
In October, the Oklahoma Board of Medical Examiners announced that a man with autism, who had been receiving care from a psychologist, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
He had also been using medication.
The board’s chairman, Ron Edwards, said the diagnosis was a major step in the right direction, but there are still questions.
“The mental health community is still in the dark on the diagnosis, so I think that’s what’s going to take some time to fully understand the full picture,” Edwards said.
A woman in the state with autism told The Associated Press she was shocked when she learned her husband had autism and that his condition was “a big deal” because of his disability.
“He was very, very different from me, and I was like, ‘You are just not going to believe this.
He’s autistic, OK?'”
The AP contacted the man’s doctor and asked if the diagnosis reflected his personal history.
He said it did not.
The AP also contacted other family members of people with autism who also spoke with The Associated, including a man whose father was diagnosed with autism.
I just feel so helpless.
I feel like the doctors are the ones who are supposed to be there,” he told The AP.
The AP also talked to a woman who said she was diagnosed when she was 15 years old with severe autism.
She said she has battled with anxiety, depression and anxiety disorder since then, but she has been able to overcome it.
OklaCare, the nonprofit health insurance system for the poor, is the first to offer the Medicaid program in the country.
People pay a monthly premium for a group health plan that covers all basic services like prescriptions and visits.
The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover mental health services.
Insurance companies that receive federal funds must pay for them.
Insurance companies that have no federal funding are prohibited from denying coverage or charging people more because of a mental health condition.
States have a long history of denying people services for mental health and other conditions.
In 2010, Oklahoma Gov.
David Dewhurst signed a law prohibiting Medicaid providers from denying care to people who had a mental illness.
Dewhurst’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest AP investigation.
In March, the Supreme Court struck down a law that required insurers to pay for mental illness and substance abuse treatment for people who have health insurance.
The justices said that the state law violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, which protects Americans from discrimination based on race, religion, national origin or sex.
The court’s ruling is scheduled for oral argument in June.
A spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Court, which heard the case, declined to comment on whether the court will take up the case.
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