Oklahoma health insurance
Sooner State climbs two spots to #44 in latest ranking of state healthiness
How healthy is living in Oklahoma? The state is rated as the 44th healthiest state in the 2013 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 was 32nd in 1990.
Why Oklahoma was ranked #44
Though Oklahoma rose two spots in the latest ranking, it's still clearly hurting on a large number of health measurements in the annual analysis. On 18 of 30 measurements, the state ranked in the bottom 20 percent (41st or worst). In fact, the average rating for health outcomes – a category that includes premature deaths, cancer deaths and cardiovascular deaths – was #45.
That's not to say Oklahoma isn't improving at all. The prevalence of smoking saw a slight decline in the past year; the rate of cardiovascular deaths has fallen over the past decade; and the rate of preventable hospitalizations among Medicare enrollees has fallen significantly over the past five years.
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.