District of Columbia health insurance
A guide to finding affordable health insurance in the nation's Capital
How healthy is it living in the nation's Capital? The District of Columbia is not rated by America's Health Rankings®, the annual United Health Foundation report that identifies the healthiest states because its highly urban nature makes it unique from the states. However, the foundation does include 2012 data about the District of Columbia.
The good news:
- The high school graduation rate is low, but it rose from 56.0 percent in 2011 to 62.4 percent in 2012.
- The percentage of uninsured individuals dropped about two points to 10.6 percent.
- The infant mortality rate dropped from 18.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007 to 10.3 in 2012.
The bad news:
- More than one-third of children are in poverty. This figure has increased over the past five years.
- Infectious disease rates are high: 27 cases per 100,000 people in 2012.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on District of Columbia.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for District of Columbia, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does District of Columbia have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, District of Columbia 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.