Georgia health insurance
A guide to finding affordable individual and family health insurance in the Peach State
How healthy is it to live in the Peach State? Georgia is 36th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® from the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- For the third year in a row, Georgia's overall health ranking has improved.
- More than 93 percent of young children have received recommended vaccinations.
- The high school graduation rate, while still low, has increased by 6.5 percentage points in the past four years.
The bad news:
- Fewer Georgians have health insurance. The uninsured rate rose from 15.0 percent to 19.3 percent over the past 10 years.
- Infant mortality, while declining, remains high at 7.7 deaths per 1,000 births.
Georgia's best and worst category rankings:
- Immunization Coverage – 4th
- Binge Drinking – 14th
- Occupational Fatalities – 15th
- Infant Mortality – 44th
- High School Graduation – 45th
- Geographic Disparity – 46th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Georgia.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Georgia 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 Georgia here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Georgia, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Georgia have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Georgia 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.