Nevada health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Silver State
How healthy is living in Nevada? The state is ranked as the 38th healthiest state in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- Preventable hospitalizations have declined over the past five years.
- Over the past 10 years, the infant mortality rate dropped from 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births to 5.6.
The bad news:
- While the percentage of children in poverty declined in the past year, it is still up significantly in the past 10 years. The 2012 rate is 20.6 percent, while the 2002 rate was 8.7 percent.
- Public health funding is just $39 per person.
Nevada's best and worst category rankings:
- Obesity – 7th
- Infectious Disease – 8th
- Air Pollution – 15th
- Infant Mortality – 15th
- Lack of Health Insurance – 49th
- Public Health Funding – 49th
- High School Graduation Rate – 50th
- Violent Crime – 50th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Nevada.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Nevada 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 Nevada here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Nevada, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Nevada have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Nevada 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.