Health Care

Health issues impact both the quality of life of our citizens and the effectiveness of our workforce. The State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation studies key metrics related to the health of our citizens and the accessibility of our health care services.



Issue Brief: Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers for Health Care

Issue Brief: Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers for Health Care

January 28, 2019

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed by Congress in 2010 to increase federal regulation of the health care industry in order to reduce costs on consumers and decrease the number of Americans not covered by health insurance. Beginning in 2017, a provision of the law, known as Section 1332, began allowing states to apply for federal permission to modify specific parts of the law within their borders in order to achieve the objectives of the law in a manner more appropriate to their state-specific situation. 

Issue Brief: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care

Issue Brief: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care

November 01, 2018

If you’ve been listening to the discussion between leaders in healthcare or education recently, chances are you’ve come upon two acronyms, ACEs and TIC. ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences and refers to traumatic experiences that children experience which may affect them into adulthood. TIC refers to Trauma Informed Care, a developing method of adapting healthcare and education strategies for children who have experienced trauma in order to mitigate the impact that ACEs may have on their development both during childhood and later in life.

Issue Brief: Certificate-of-Need Laws

Issue Brief: Certificate-of-Need Laws

October 30, 2018

Certificate-of-Need (CON) laws require healthcare providers to obtain government permission before they open or expand their practices or purchase certain devices or new technologies. The intent of these CON programs was to restrain health care facility costs and facilitate coordinated planning of new services and facility construction. 

Issue Brief: Insure Oklahoma

Issue Brief: Insure Oklahoma

October 22, 2018

Insure Oklahoma is a public-private partnership between the State of Oklahoma and small businesses that aims to make health coverage more affordable for low- to middle-income working families. The program has two types of health insurance plans: employee sponsored plans, in which the state, eligible employers, and eligible employees split the cost of health insurance premiums, and individual plans, in which eligible individuals are able to purchase health insurance directly from the state at a subsidized rate.

Issue Brief: Federal Health Care Reform

Issue Brief: Federal Health Care Reform

August 31, 2018

Employer-sponsored health insurance is by far the largest source of health insurance for Oklahomans. Approximately half of all Oklahomans receive their health insurance from an employer. The next largest sources of health insurance come from Medicare and Medicaid, which cover about 1-in-5 and 1-in-6 Oklahomans, respectively.