New Hampshire health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Granite State
Life in New Hampshire is good -- it's the third healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- The infant mortality rate has decreased since 1990 and is now the lowest in the nation.
- Air quality has improved over the past five years, with air pollution dropping from 9.1 micrograms of fine particulate per cubic meter to 7.5.
The bad news:
- The percentage of people without health insurance is creeping up. The uninsured rate was 8.5 percent in 2003 and 11.3 percent in 2012.
- New Hampshire has a middle-of-the-pack ranking for immunization coverage.
New Hampshire's best and worst category rankings:
- Children in Poverty – 1st
- Infant Mortality – 1st
- Violent Crime – 3rd
- Cancer Deaths – 3rd
- Poor Mental Health Days – 34th
- Public Health Funding – 36th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on New Hampshire.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for New Hampshire, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does New Hampshire have
a health insurance high risk pool?
New Hampshire Health Plan
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, New Hampshire 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.