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Land of Lincoln ranked 30th of 50 states in survey of state healthiness

illinois guide to health insurance

How healthy is living in Illinois? The state was ranked 30th in the United Health Foundation's 2013 comparison of health status across the 50 states.

Why Illinois was ranked #30

The health ranking of Illinois was affected by factors that included positives – a low rate of drug deaths and ready availability of primary care physicians and dentists – and negatives such as high levels of air pollution and high prevalence of binge drinking. The study also reported that more than 2.7 million adults in Illinois are obese.

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.

More Illinois resources

Illinois state health insurance exchange

Illinois’s exchange

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


$61.8 million to 299,544 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $380 per Illinois family in 2012.


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

IL state government resources

All Kids Covered

Offers many Illinois children comprehensive healthcare that includes doctors visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma…

Champaign County Health Care Consumers

A non-profit, grassroots organization founded on the premise of participatory democracy and the belief that meaningful reforms in the health care system will come only with the active involvement of consumers.” A model site for health reform…

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Health care assistance for denial of insurance benefits, slow pay on claims, claims partially cancelled, etc. Campaign for Better Health Care An Illinois coalition working to create an accessible, quality health care system for…

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

The state agency dedicated to improving the lives of Illinois families through healthcare coverage and child support…

IL advocacy resources

Campaign for Better Health Care, Illinois

A grassroots coalition of more than 300 local and statewide organizations representing consumers, health care workers and providers, community organizations, seniors, religious, labor, disability rights organizations and other citizens concerned…

Chicago Single-Payer Action Network

In favor of a national, government funded and government-run health care system―often called socialized medicine or single-payer.…

Illinois Health Matters

A  collaborative of Illinois health policy and community based organizations: AARP of Illinois, AgeOptions, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Campaign for Better Health Care, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Illinois Maternal & Child…

Illinois Public Interest Research Group (Illinois PIRG)

Illinois PIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic…

Illinois SIngle Payer Coalition

A coalition of groups and individuals throughout Illinois working to enact a single-payer system for financing health care. It seeks coverage that is universal, equitably financed, not-for-profit, and publicly accountable, offering comprehensive…

Illinois health insurance companies

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Celtic Ins. Co.
Companion Life Insurance Company
Golden Rule
Group Health Plan
Personal Care Insurance of Illinois

Health insurance for IL individuals

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