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Delaware health insurance

A guide to affordable individual and family health insurance in Delaware

delaware guide to health insurance

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.

More Delaware resources

Delaware state health insurance exchange

Delaware’s exchange

Find out what your state’s health insurance exchange will look like.


$1.8 million to 5,639 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $351 per Delaware family in 2012.


Find out how your member of the Delaware Congressional delegation voted on health care.

DE state government resources

Delaware Healthy Children Program

Help for families meeting certain income guidelines get health insurance for their children age 18 and…

Health care reform — what you need to know

How Delaware will implement the provisions of the Affordable Care…

State of Delaware Department of Insurance

The department has published “The Instant Insurance Guide: Health” as a guide to buying and using health insurance in Delaware. To obtain printed copies of the guide, please call 1-800-282-8611 or (302) 674-7310, or…

State of Delaware Medicaid Information

Medicaid furnishes medical assistance to low-income families and the elderly, blind and disabled people without enough income to pay for medical…

DE advocacy resources

Delaware Unified Civic/Political Association

A nonpartisan group providing our reform information to all political parties, their candidates for public offices and all Delaware…

Delaware health insurance companies

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware
Celtic Ins. Co.
Golden Rule

Health insurance for DE individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Delaware. If you are looking for Delaware Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.