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Iowa health insurance

A guide to affordable health insurance in the Fields of Opportunity

iowa guide to health insurance

How healthy is living in Iowa? The state is ranked as the 20th healthiest state to live in, according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® from the United Health Foundation.

The good news:

  • Iowa has a relatively low percentage of children in poverty and a relatively high graduation rate.
  • Preventable hospitalizations have dropped over the past 10 years.

The bad news:

  • After a stable period in the 2000s, Iowa's ranking has been steadily dropping. Indicators show that this downward trend is likely to continue.
  • Among adults, 23.1 percent reported binge drinking within the past 30 days.
  • Almost 30 percent of Iowa's adults are obese..

Iowa's best and worst category rankings:

  • Poor Physical Health Days – 2nd
  • Poor Mental Health Days – 3rd
  • High School Graduation – 5th
  • Infectious Disease – 46th
  • Primary Care Physicians – 46th
  • Binge Drinking – 48th

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Iowa.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Iowa 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 Iowa here.

Get local health results

State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Iowa, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

Does Iowa have
a health insurance high risk pool?

Health Insurance Plan of Iowa
Toll-free 1-877-793-6880 (M-F 8am-5pm CST)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Iowa 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 Iowa resources

Iowa state health insurance exchange

Iowa’s exchange

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


$1.5 million to 28,042 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $100 per Iowa family in 2012.


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

IA state government resources

Iowa Hawk I — children’s health

Iowa’s program to help families with low income provide health insurance for their…

Iowa Insurance Division Consumers Affairs Bureau

Includes information on health care and insurance topics for consumers in…

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise

A government program to help the poor obtain health care services. Also eligible are pregnant women and children 18 and under who meet income requirements, along with aged, blind, and disabled…

Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program

Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program – can provide answers to questions on Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, long term care insurance and other health insurance…

IA advocacy resources

State of Iowa health reform information

Health reform facts and explanations offered on different topics by government agencies and insurance regulatory…

The Iowa Policy Project

Impact of various components of the Affordable Care Act on…

Iowa health insurance companies

Celtic Ins. Co.
Coventry Health Care of Iowa, Inc.
Coventry Health Care of Nebraska, Inc.
Golden Rule

Health insurance for IA individuals

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