North Dakota health insurance
Rough Rider State rides into Top 10 in annual ranking of healthiest states
How healthy is living in North Dakota? It's not as rough as the "Rough Rider" moniker suggests. For the second year in a row, North Dakota was ranked among the top 10 states, coming in at #9 in the 2013 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why North Dakota was ranked #9
Since 2009, the state has been rebounding from its lowest rank (#17). The state still has some baggage weighing down its ranking – the highest rate of occupational fatalities and second-highest rate of binge drinking in the nation among the factors. And, for the past two years, the number of primary care providers per capita has been decreasing.
But the bright side is that North Dakota has plenty of positive health measurements, including the lowest rate of drug-related deaths, the lowest number of mental health days by population (and second-lowest number of physical health days), excellent air quality, and one of the highest rates of ninth graders who ultimately end up graduating from high school.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on North Dakota.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key North Dakota 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 Dakota here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for North Dakota, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does North Dakota have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Comprehensive Health Association of North Dakota
(North Dakota health insurance risk pool)
Toll-free 1-800-737-0016 or (701) 277-2271
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, North Dakota 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.