Iowa health insurance
Hawkeye State drops another spot to #18 – state's lowest ranking in 24 years
How healthy is living in Iowa? The state is now ranked 18th – falling one spot for the third year in a row, according to the 2013 America's Health Rankings® from the United Health Foundation. It's the state's lowest rank in the 24-year history of these rankings.
Why Iowa was ranked #18
The state's ranking was hurt by factors that included a high prevalence of obesity. More than 700,000 Iowans are categorized as obese, with 530,000 adults reported as "physically inactive." In the past year, the prevalence of diabetes among Iowans increased from 8.2 percent to 9.7 percent of adults.
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.