Nebraska health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Cornhusker State
Living in Nebraska is healthy and getting even healthier. The state climbed three spots to rank as the 15th healthiest state in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- More than 94 percent of young children receive recommended vaccinations.
- The infant mortality rate has decreased from 7.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2002 to 5.4 in 2012.
The bad news:
- While Nebraska's high school graduation rate ranks 10th in the nation, it dropped from 87.6 percent in 2008 to 82.9 percent in 2012.
- Nebraska ranks among the bottom five states for the binge drinking rate among adults.
Nebraska's best and worst category rankings:
- Immunization Coverage – 1st
- Poor Mental Health Days – 5th
- Poor Physical Health Days – 6th
- Occupational Fatalities – 33rd
- Infectious Disease – 36th
- Binge Drinking – 46th
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.