Oklahoma health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Sooner State
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
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.