Arizona health insurance
A guide to finding affordable health insurance in the Grand Canyon State
How healthy is living in Arizona? The state is ranked as the 25th healthiest state to live in – a two-spot improvement from last year – according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- Arizona's overall ranking is the highest it's been in nearly 10 years.
- Deaths from cancer and cardiovascular disease are among the lowest in the nation.
- Smoking in Arizona is on the decline, with 13.5 percent of adults smoking in 2011 compared to 20.2 percent five years ago.
The bad news:
- While the rate is declining, one in four children lives in poverty.
- Getting an appointment with a primary care doctor can be challenging. The state has about 96 primary care physicians for every 100,000 people, compared to 195 for the top-ranked state.
Arizona's best and worst category ratings:
- Cardiovascular Deaths – 2nd
- Cancer Deaths – 3rd
- Preventable Hospitalizations – 10th
- Primary Care Physicians – 42nd
- Children in Poverty – 43rd
- Public Health Funding – 45th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Arizona.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Arizona 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 Arizona here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Arizona, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Arizona have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Arizona 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.