Health Care Premiums Outpace Oklahomans' Earnings

Monday, November 27th 2006, 12:47 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A study being released Monday says the cost of health insurance for Oklahoma families rose more than four times faster than their salaries during the past six years.

The report from Families USA says health care premiums increased by nearly 60 percent since 2000 while the average salary rose by just over 13 percent.

The group says the combination of rising health care costs and slower wage increases means more uninsured and underinsured Oklahomans.

David Blatt with the Tulsa-based anti-poverty group Community Action Project estimates there are 650,000 Oklahomans with no health insurance.