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Oklahoma health insurance

A guide to affordable health insurance in the Sooner State

oklahoma guide to health insurance

How healthy is living in Oklahoma? The state 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.

The good news:

  • The percentage of children in poverty dropped from 25.0 percent in 2011 to 20.7 percent in 2012.
  • The rate of preventable hospitalization has declined during the past five-year period. However, it remains higher than the rate seen in most other states.

The bad news:

  • More than one in four adults smokes – that translates to 745,000 smokers.
  • Public health funding decreased by $18 per person last year. However, Oklahoma is ranked 15th in this category.

Oklahoma's best and worst category rankings:

  • Infectious Disease – 11th
  • Binge Drinking – 12th
  • Public Health Funding – 15th
  • Cancer Deaths – 46th
  • Cardiovascular Deaths – 48th
  • Primary Care Physicians – 49th

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Oklahoma.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Oklahoma health quality findings.

In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Oklahoma here.

Get local health results

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.

Does Oklahoma have
a health insurance high risk pool?

Oklahoma Health Insurance High Risk Pool
Toll-free 1-877-885-3717

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Oklahoma started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.

Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.

Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.

In the best cases, they allowed 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.

More Oklahoma resources

Oklahoma state health insurance exchange

Oklahoma’s exchange

Find out what your state’s health insurance exchange will look like.


$20.3 million to 263,404 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $126 per Oklahoma family in 2012.


Find out how your member of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation voted on health care.

OK state government resources

Oklahoma CHIP

The children’s health insurance program for…

Oklahoma Health Care Authority

The primary entity in the state of Oklahoma charged with controlling costs of state-purchased health…

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…

Oklahoma health insurance companies

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Celtic Ins. Co.
Coventry Health Care of Oklahoma Inc.
Golden Rule

Health insurance for OK individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Oklahoma. If you are looking for Oklahoma Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.