Barriers to Care

Women face unique barriers that can make it difficult to obtain goods and services that are important for their health, as well as that of their families.

These obstacles include challenges like limited financial resources, lack of transportation, or an unfamiliarity with or mistrust of the healthcare services and other support systems available to them.


Issue briefs


Partners in action

Learn how Metriarch partners are making Oklahoma a safer, healthier place for women.


We track legislation that affects women’s health in Oklahoma. Here’s a peek at recent proposals with an impact on barriers to care.

HB 3214 (2024)

HB 3214 allows medical providers to deny care with no reprimand if it violates their beliefs.

HB 3934 (2024)

HB 3934 expands the types of mammograms covered by health insurance.

HB 3955 (2024)

HB 3955 makes it easier to access the Choosing Childbirth Act fund and adds substance use treatment to fundable services.

HB 4152 (2024)

HB 4152 changes the notice associated with mammogram result summaries.

HJR 1046 (2024)

HJR 1046 seeks to place a state question on the ballot to define personhood at sperm meets egg.

SB 1264 (2024)

SB 1264 directs state employee health insurance plans cover cancer genetic testing.

SB 1271 (2024)

SB 1271 requires tampons and pads in female restrooms in public schools.

SB 1285 (2024)

SB 1285 creates a grant program for school districts to provide free tampons and pads to students.

SB 1318 (2024)

SB 1318 creates a single digital application for certain state benefits.

SB 1334 (2024)

SB 1334 expands health insurance coverage for certain fertility treatments.

SB 1491 (2024)

SB 1491 permits clinicians to treat a patient’s sexual partner for STIs without seeing the partner.

SB 1563 (2024)

SB 1563 makes substantial changes to the Parent’s Bill of Rights: limit who can teach sex ed, opt-in only sex ed, and unlimited access to a child’s medical records.

SB 1742 (2024)

SB 1742 would require health plans cover 1-year supplies of contraception.

SB 458 (2023)

SB 458 expands the ability for midwives to prescribe medications and regulates physician supervision.