Michigan health insurance
Great Lakes State drops one spot to 34 in 2013 ranking of states' health
How healthy is living in Michigan? The state is ranked the 34th healthiest state in the 2013 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why Michigan was ranked #34
A number of negative factors continued to drag down the state's health ranking, including a high rates of obesity and numbers of Michigan residents who are physically inactive. The state also has a high percentage of adults who smoke (23.3 percent) and while that's on the decrease, it's not happening quickly.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Michigan.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Michigan 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 Michigan here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Michigan, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Michigan have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Michigan 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.