Sequestration in Oklahoma: Jobs, public health programs at stake at state Health Department
BY JACLYN COSGROVE NewsOK.com
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - The state Health Department could lose millions of federal dollars if Congress cannot reach a budget agreement by March 1.
If a process known as sequestration commences, the state Health Department could lose an estimated $9.4 million in federal money that's leveraged with about $490,000 in state-appropriated matching funds.
Casualties also could include a loss of 17 jobs at the state Health Department and 10 at state contractor locations.
Julie Cox-Cain, the chief operating officer at the state Health Department, said these are the most severe budget cuts she has seen in her 22 years at the department.
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