Missouri health insurance
Show Me State climbs one spot to #39 in annual ranking of state healthHow healthy is living in Missouri? The state is up one spot from the 2012 rankings, coming in as the 39th healthiest state to live in, according to the America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why Missouri was ranked #39
While the Show Me State faces some significant challenges – including one of the worst rates for deaths due to cardiovascular issues and a population with one of the highest rates of smoking – the state's ranking did improve.
Factors moving the state forward included decreases in Missourians' likelihood to smoke and binge drink and a 10-year decrease in the rate of cardiovascular deaths.
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.