Florida health insurance
A guide to finding affordable health insurance in the Sunshine State
How healthy is it living in Florida? The state held steady – ranking as the 34th healthiest state – according to the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® from the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- Deaths from cardiovascular disease are much lower now than 10 years ago: 222.9 vs. 311.2 deaths per 100,000 people.
- Cancer deaths are relatively low at 172.9 deaths per 100,000 people.
The bad news:
- The percentage of the state's children in poverty is 22.1 percent, up from 14.6 percent five years ago.
- Florida's ranking for immunization coverage slipped from 3rd in 2011 to 18th in 2012.
- Less than 70 percent of Florida's ninth graders go on to finish high school in four years.
Florida's best and worst category rankings:
- Cardiovascular Deaths – 8th
- Cancer Deaths – 10th
- Air Pollution – 10th
- High School Graduation Rate – 44th
- Lack of Health Insurance – 46th
- Geographic Disparity – 48th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Florida.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Florida 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 Florida here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Florida, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Florida have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Florida Comprehensive Health Association
(closed to new enrollees since 1991)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Florida 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.