The Uninsured in Oklahoma

  • More than one in six (666,000) Oklahomans is uninsured, 17 percent of our citizens. 1
  • Oklahoma ranks 7th highest in the nation for its percent of uninsured citizens. 1
  • One in 10 Oklahoma children (98,000) is uninsured, 9.8 percent. 2
  • Oklahoman ranks 15th in the nation for percent of uninsured children. 2
1. According to U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 American Community Survey, Table HI06. Percentages are rounded.
2. According to The Uninsured, A Primer, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, December 2014 (2013 data).

Uncompensated Care

Oklahoma hospitals provide more than $560 million in uncompensated care annually, according to the American Hospital Association’s annual hospital survey conducted in 2015. 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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