Nebraska health insurance
Cornhusker State holds steady at #11 in latest rankings of state health
After several years of moving up in the ranking of healthiest states, Nebraska has leveled off at #11, holding that spot for the second year, according to the 2013 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why Nebraska was ranked #11
Nebraska definitely has some health challenges – including a large population of smokers (1 in 5) and an increased rate of children in poverty. But the state has obvious pluses as well, including a falling infant mortality rate over the past decade and a five-year downward trend in the rate of preventable hospitalizations.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Nebraska.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Nebraska 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 Nebraska here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Nebraska, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Nebraska have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Nebraska Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool
(402) 343-3574 or toll-free 1-877-348-4304 (M-F 8am-4:30pm)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Nebraska 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.