Illinois health insurance
A guide to finding affordable health insurance in the Land of Lincoln
Who healthy is living in Illinois? The state was ranked 30th in the United Health Foundation's 2012 comparison of health status across the 50 states. This ranking is unchanged from 2011.
The good news:
- Air quality improved over the past five year. However, Illinois still ranks 46th in this category.
- The rate of preventable hospitalization has dropped over the past five years.
The bad news:
- One in five adults smokes, and one in four engages in binge drinking.
- The infectious disease rate rose from 11.1 cases per 100,000 people in 2011 to 13.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2012.
Best and worst category rankings for Illinois:
- Primary Care Physicians – 11th
- Occupational Fatalities – 18th
- Geographic Disparities – 18th
- Infectious Disease – 41st
- Air Pollution – 46th
- Binge Drinking – 47th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Illinois.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Illinois 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 Illinois here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Illinois, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Illinois have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan
Toll-free 1-866-851-2751 (in-state only) or (217) 782-6333
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Illinois 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.