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: Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiatives

Issue Brief: Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiatives

April 08, 2019

Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of uninsured individuals in the nation. The state’s large population of uninsured individuals contributes to the state’s poor health outcomes and costs Oklahoma hospitals $500 million per year in uncompensated care. Accepting federal dollars to  expand the Insure Oklahoma plan to cover all individuals eligible under Medicaid expansion will generate $400 million in new economic activity in the state and add 4,700 new jobs without negatively impacting the state budget, according to research by the State Chamber Research Foundation.

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: 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.