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Louisiana health insurance

A guide to affordable health insurance in the Sportsman's Paradise

louisiana guide to health insurance

How healthy is living in Louisiana? It's tied with Mississippi as the 49th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.

The good news:

  • The high school graduation rate increased from 63.5 percent in 2011 to 67.3 percent in 2012.
  • Funding for public health has increased by $33 per person over the past four years.

The bad news:

  • The state has consistently ranked 48th or lower since the United Health Foundation began publishing its annual ratings in 1990.
  • Nearly 34 percent of adults are physically inactive, and nearly 12 percent have diabetes.

Louisiana's best and worst category rankings:

  • Immunization Coverage – 7th
  • Binge Drinking – 9th
  • Public Health Funding – 13th
  • Obesity – 49th
  • Children in Poverty – 49th
  • Low Birth Weight – 49th
  • Infant Mortality – 49th

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

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

Get local health results

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


Does Louisiana have
a health insurance high risk pool?

Louisiana Health Plan
Toll-free 1-800-736-0947 or (504) 926-6245

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Louisiana 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 Louisiana resources

Louisiana state health insurance exchange

Louisiana’s exchange

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

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$4.1 million to 75,493 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $94 per Louisiana family in 2012.

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healthreformvotes.org

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

LA state government resources

Department of Health & Hospitals

State agency dealing with health care issues in…

Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP)

Provides no-cost health insurance to low-income children, including dental care. Includes doctor charges, hospitalization, immunization and other…

Louisiana Department of Insurance/Health Insurance

Offers descriptions of specific divisions and programs within the Department of Insurance that specifically deal with health insurance issues – each listing has several contacts listed. The department publishes this PDF consumer guide to…

Other LA health insurance links

Health Law Advocates of Louisiana (HLA/LA)

A nonprofit public interest law firm in Louisiana dedicated exclusively to health care access. Launched in February 2010, HLA/LA provides free legal representation and assistance to eligible Louisiana…

Louisiana health insurance companies

Aetna
BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana
Celtic Ins. Co.
Coventry Health Care of Louisiana, Inc.
Humana
UnitedHealthcare Administered by Golden Rule

Health insurance for LA individuals

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