Delaware health insurance
A guide to affordable individual and family health insurance in Delaware
How healthy is living in Delaware? In the latest rankings, the state dropped one spot to 31st in the United Health Foundation's 2012 comparison of health status across the 50 states.
The good news:
- Deaths attributable to cardiovascular issues have declined over the past 10 years – from 331.4 to 258.1 deaths per 100,000 people.
- Air quality is getting better, but Delaware still rates in the bottom ten states.
The bad news:
- Poverty among children has risen over the past five years and is now at above 22 percent.
- Violent crime is high: 621 instances per 100,000 people.
Delaware's best and worst category rankings:
- Infectious Disease – 3rd
- Occupational Fatalities – 4th
- Lack of Health Insurance – 8th
- Air Pollution – 41st
- Infant Mortality – 47th
- Violent crime – 48th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Delaware.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Delaware 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 Delaware here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Delaware, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Delaware have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Delaware 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.