Montana health insurance
Big Sky Country makes big jump - up 5 spots - in latest health rankings
How healthy is living in Montana? The state ranked #23 in the 2013 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation. That's up an impressive five spots from the 2012 rankings.
Why Montana was ranked #23
Things are looking up – and not just because of Montana's gorgeous blue skies: the latest data points to improvements in the state's measurements for populations with obesity and diabetes, adult smokers, and physically inactive adults. The rate of cardiovascular deaths and preventable hospitalizations also continues to drop over the long term.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Montana.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Montana 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 Montana here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Montana, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Montana have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Montana Comprehensive Health Association
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Montana 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.