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December 11, 2013

Health care advantages, challenges discussed

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Woodward, Okla. — MIXED ISSUES

However, some of the forces discussed had both positive and negative elements, such as:

• the development of electronic medical records which on the positive side can help improve patient care and make for more organized record keeping, but on the negative side can be expensive to implement and involves a learning curve; and

• the Affordable Care Act, which through the marketplace will offer the potential for more people to get health care coverage, but on the other hand is leading to changes in eligibility requirements for certain programs such as SoonerCare that is reducing access to those programs.

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