Colorado health insurance
A guide to finding health insurance in the Rocky Mountain State
How healthy is Colorado? Pretty healthy, as the state again moved up in the rankings of the country's healthiest states. Colorado is now 11th in the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- The state has number one rankings for its low rates of diabetes, obesity, and adults with sedentary lifestyles.
- Children in poverty dropped to 15.5 percent, three points less than in 2011.
The bad news:
- Binge drinking is reported by about one in five adults.
- Vaccination rates for young children are relatively low.
- Death rates vary widely across the state.
Colorado's best and worst category rankings:
- Obesity – 1st
- Diabetes – 1st
- Sedentary Lifestyle – 1st
- Low Birth Weight – 37th
- Geographic Disparity – 44th
- Immunization Coverage – 45th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Colorado.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Colorado 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 Colorado here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Colorado, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Colorado have
a health insurance high risk pool?
(303) 863-1960 or toll-free 1-866-787-9129 (M-F 8am-5pm)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Colorado 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.