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