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Questions surround Stitt's decision to remove 2 doctors from Oklahoma Health Care Authority

KOCO Oklahoma City logo KOCO Oklahoma City 9/7/2021
a person posing for a photo: Questions are swirling about why Gov. Kevin Stitt removed two doctors from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. © KOCO 5 Questions are swirling about why Gov. Kevin Stitt removed two doctors from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

Questions are swirling about why Gov. Kevin Stitt removed two doctors from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

The news about Stitt removing those two members — the only two medical doctors on that board — broke Saturday during a holiday weekend. Three major medical associations wrote to Stitt, asking him to reconsider.

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Stitt removed Dr. Jean Hausheer and Dr. Laura Shamblin from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board of directors.

The question, though, is why?

The Oklahoma State Medical Association accused the governor of playing politics, saying he only removed them because they voted against advancing his Medicaid privatization plan.

"The Health Care Authority's job is to oversee more than $2 billion taxpayer dollars and serve Oklahoma's most vulnerable citizens, not rubber-stamp a governor's political agenda," said Dr. George Monks, the OSMA's immediate past president.

Stitt's office told KOCO 5 on Tuesday that he's appointed Susan Dell-Osso, a former Integris official, and Geno DeMarco, his former personal protective equipment czar. A spokesperson did not answer the question of why the two doctors were removed.

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