Missouri health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Show Me State
How healthy is living in Missouri? The state is ranked as the 42nd healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- While the Missouri's public health funding lags that of many other states, it increased by $6 per person over the past five years.
- Air quality has improved over the past five years.
The bad news:
- The current ranking of 42nd is the lowest scored by Missouri since the first report, which was issued in 1990.
- The percentage of children in poverty was 12.5 in 2002; in the 2012 report, the rate is 23.1 percent.
Missouri's best and worst category rankings:
- High School Graduation Rate – 9th
- Low Birth Rate – 23rd
- Cardiovascular Deaths – 41st
- Smoking – 42nd
- Infectious Disease – 43rd
- Public Health Funding – 44th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Missouri.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Missouri 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 Missouri here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Missouri, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Missouri have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Missouri Health Insurance Pool
Phone 1-800-843-6447 (All but NW Missouri)
Phone 1-800-645-8346 (NW Missouri)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Missouri 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.