New York health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Empire State
How healthy is living in New York State? The state is ranked as the 18th healthiest according to the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- Overall health in New York has gradually improved since America's Health Rankings were first published in 1990.
- The high school graduation rate has improved by 12.6 percentage points over the past five years.
The bad news:
- While the high school graduation has improved, New York still lags most other states in this measure.
- More than 10 percent of the adult population has diabetes.
New York's best and worst category rankings:
- Primary Care Physicians – 5th
- Public Health Funding – 6th
- Obesity – 7th
- High School Graduation Rate – 39th
- Cardiovascular Deaths – 39th
- Diabetes – 40th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on New York.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key New York 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 York here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for New York, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does New York have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, New York 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.