Oklahoma is rated as the 42nd healthiest state in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation. The state's highest rating in the 23-year history of American's Health Rankings is 32nd.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Oklahoma, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Oklahoma Health Insurance High Risk Pool
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Oklahoma started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Oklahoma's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Oklahoma CHIP — The children’s health insurance program for Oklahomans.
SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid) — A health coverage program jointly funded by the federal and state government. This program helps pay some or all medical bills for many people who can’t afford them.
Oklahoma Health Care Authority — The primary entity in the state of Oklahoma charged with controlling costs of state-purchased health care.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Oklahoma.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Oklahoma -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Oklahoma.
Why health care reform is important to Oklahoma -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Oklahoma.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Oklahoma -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Oklahoma -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $126 per family in 2012.
03/15/2013 2:03 PM
Associated Press — The Oklahoma House voted 72-20 to nullify the Affordable Care Act within the state. The state constitution was amended in 2010 to prohibit requiring a person or health care provider to participate in a health care system. Legal experts say neither act has much practical impact.
11/19/2012 9:11 PM
The Hufington Post — Gov. Mary Fallin said an exchange would be state-run in name only and require too many state resources.
09/19/2012 6:09 PM
Bloomberg — Attorney General Scott Pruitt is challenging the federal government’s right to establish a health insurance exchange in a state that hasn’t authorized one. Pruitt’s complaint also seeks to invalidate in Oklahoma the federal mandate that people purchase insurance or face a tax penalty. In November 2010, Oklahoma voters amended the state constitution to prohibit any rules or laws that require a person, employer or health care provider to participate in a healthcare system.
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