Research: Nearly One Fifth of Oklahomans Without Health Insurance 

In a recent market research study we conducted across Oklahoma, we found seventeen percent of our survey-takers to be uninsured.

This figure is slightly higher than 2016 US Census data (13.8%) but within the margin of error.


The Uninsured

Who are the uninsured? Our analysis confirms what you're probably guessing:

  • Those with less money to spare - a quarter of Oklahomans with annual household incomes of less than $50,000 do not have health insurance. Oklahomans with incomes of $75,000 or more only have a 5% uninsured rate.
  • Oklahomans with a high school education or less - 29% of people who did not graduate high school are uninsured. This figure is significantly less than those with college (10% uninsured) or post-graduate (0% uninsured) degrees.
  • Young Oklahomans - 24% of 18-24-year-olds are without health insurance.


Medicare and Medicaid

Nearly a third of Oklahomans receive Medicare/Medicaid. These government programs are particularly relevant to those with low incomes - 55% of Oklahomans with incomes of less than $25,000 have Medicare/Medicaid which is significantly more than any other income group.



Individuals who live in suburban areas are significantly less likely to receive Medicare/Medicaid than those who live in rural or urban environments. Residents of suburban areas are likely to have higher incomes, too.

Employer-Provided Insurance

Twenty-seven percent of Oklahomans have health insurance through their employer. There appears to be a linear relationship between household income and employer-provided insurance - as household income increases, so does the likelihood the employer will provide health insurance.



All income brackets are significantly more likely to have employer-provided insurance than those in households will less than $25,000 income a year. Those with incomes of more than $75,000 are statistically more likely to have insurance provided by their employer than any other income group.


About The Survey


Evolve Research conducted an online study of 419 Oklahomans in February 2018. The margin of error is +/- 4.85% at the 95% confidence level. If you would like to learn more or field questions in our Omnibus Study, head over here.


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