Hawaii health insurance
Aloha State says 'aloha' to #1 ranking among statesIsland life definitely agrees with people. Hawaii is ranked as the healthiest U.S. state to live in according to the 2013 America's Health Rankings® from the United Health Foundation.
Why Hawaii was ranked #1
The "Paradise of the Pacific" is also apparently a paradise of healthy living. The state's excellent rating was aided by one of the lowest prevalences of obesity in the nation and the lowest rate of preventable hospitalizations in the country.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Hawaii.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Hawaii 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 Hawaii here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Hawaii, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Hawaii have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Hawaii 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.