Iowa health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Fields of Opportunity
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.