Alabama health insurance
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How healthy is living in Alabama? The state climbed three spots to 45th in the United Health Foundation's 2012 comparison of health status across the 50 states.
The good news:
- Binge drinking remains relatively low at 13.7 percent, which is fourth-lowest in the nation.
- High school graduation rates are improving. While still low at 69.9 percent, the rate is up almost five full percentage points in the past five years.
The bad news:
- Almost 25 percent of adults in Alabama smoke.
- A third of Alabama's adult population is considered sedentary.
Alabama's best and worst category rankings:
- Prevalence of Binge Drinking – 4th
- Geographic Disparity – 8th
- Public Health Funding – 10th
- Infant Mortality – 48th
- Low Birth Weight – 48th
- Premature Death – 48th
- Poor Mental Health Days – 48th
- Cardiovascular Deaths – 49th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Alabama.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Alabama health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Alabama here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Alabama, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Alabama have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Alabama Health Insurance Plan
Toll-free 1-800-513-1384 or (334) 353-8924
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Alabama started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.
Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.
Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.
In the best cases, they allowed people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.