Louisiana health insurance
The Pelican State: ranked 48th in latest assessment of state health
How healthy is living in Louisiana? It's moved up two spots since 2011, but the state is still ranked as the 48th healthiest state to live in according to the 2013 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why Louisiana is ranked #48
Even though Louisiana's moved up two spots in the rankings, it still has its work cut out. The state's health rating is hurt by factors that include a high prevalence of physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes. More than 1.2 million adults in Louisiana are reported to be obese.
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.