Alaska health insurance
Finding insurance 'Beyond Your Dreams, Within Your Reach'
How healthy is living in Alaska? The state is ranked as the 28th healthiest state to live in, according to the 2012 study by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- A majority of the state's adults are physically active.
- While still lower than in many states, the high school graduation rate is rising. About 73 percent of students complete high school in four years.
- On-the-job deaths dropped from 12.5 to 8.1 per 100,000 people over the past five years.
The bad news:
- Alaska continues to rank near the bottom of the country for the number of violent crimes per 100,000 people.
- The state ranks 41st for the number of adults who reported drinking excessively in the past 30 days.
Alaska's best and worst category rankings:
- Low Birth Weight – 1st
- Public Health Funding – 2nd
- Air Pollution – 3rd
- Binge Drinking – 48th
- Violent Crime – 49th
- Geographic Disparity – 49th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Alaska.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Alaska 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 Alaska here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Alaska, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Alaska have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Alaska Comprehensive Health Insurance Association
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Alaska 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.