North Carolina health insurance
Tar Heel State ranked #35 on state healthiness
How healthy is living in North Carolina? There's room for improvement. The state has consistently been ranked among the bottom 40 percent of states since America's Health Rankings® began. This year, the state is ranked #35 ... down one notch from a year earlier.
Why North Carolina was ranked #35
Despite a slightly lower ranking, North Carolina actually has improved in a number of measurements. Air quality in the state is improving, and the state has seen a continued decrease in the rate of preventable hospitalizations, the infant mortality rate and the rate of cardiovascular deaths.
Those positive factors are offsetting negatives that include high rates of obesity and physical inactivity. The state's ranking is also hurt by the fact that North Carolina has a high percentage of residents who lack health insurance.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on North Carolina.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key North Carolina 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 North Carolina here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for North Carolina, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does North Carolina have
a health insurance high risk pool?
North Carolina Health Insurance Risk Pool (NCHIRP)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, North Carolina 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.