Data highlight

Massachusetts has the lowest rate of uninsured women at 3.6%. Texas continues to have the highest rate at 26.3% and Oklahoma continues to rank 49th (of 50) with 21.6% [1].


Percent women ages 19-64 that are uninsured.

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A woman who has no health insurance coverage, either public or private. This indicator does not reflect women who are underinsured with financially burdensome plans or “catastrophic plans.” Catastrophic plans have very high deductibles meaning they offer little to no support for routine care, but will offer assistance during catastrophic health events.

Why we care

Nationally, women are more likely to be insured than men. 

This is likely because there are more women on Medicaid (called SoonerCare in Oklahoma). Women are able to qualify through programs related to having children and, on average, have lower incomes, which means they’re more likely to fall within the income requirements. More robust Medicaid access helps explain why women were more likely to retain healthcare coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The majority of women nationally (60%) receive health insurance through their employer [2]. Consequently, uninsured women are unlikely to receive regular care such as pap tests, mammograms, and blood pressure checks [3]. 

Women often fill caretaking roles for their job, children, and family members, which is why when she is absent, slows down, or becomes disabled due to health issue, the impact is often felt far and wide.

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