The Uninsured in Oklahoma

  • Nearly one in seven (533,000) Oklahomans is uninsured, 14 percent of our citizens. 1
  • Oklahoma ranks third highest in the nation for its percent of uninsured citizens. 1
  • One in 10 Oklahoma children (below 200 percent of poverty) is uninsured, 9.5 percent. 2
  • Oklahoman ranks 15th in the nation for percent of uninsured children. 2
1. According to U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey, Table HI-06. Percentages are rounded.
2. According to U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey, Table HI-10. Percentages are rounded.


Uncompensated Care


Oklahoma hospitals provide more than $550 million in uncompensated care annually, according to the American Hospital Association’s annual hospital survey conducted in 2016. Uncompensated care includes the cost of charity care and bad debt. These shortfalls must be “cost shifted” to insurance companies, self-insured businesses, and others who pay for health care services.

OHA Partners with Healthcare Staffing Services 


Healthcare Staffing Services was developed as a collaborative effort among multiple state hospital associations to meet the temporary staffing needs of member hospitals and health systems.

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