Pennsylvania health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Keystone State
How healthy is it to live in Pennsylvania? The state is up two spots to 26th in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- The rate of preventable hospitalizations in Pennsylvania decreased from 2011 to 2012.
- More than 80 percent of kids complete high school within four years.
The bad news:
- Public health funding has dropped by $21 per person over the past five years.
- Air quality is poor, at 12.0 micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter.
Pennsylvania's best and worst category rankings:
- Lack of Health Insurance – 9th
- Geographic Disparity – 10th
- High School Graduation Rate – 14th
- Primary Care Physicians – 14th
- Cancer Deaths – 37th
- Public Health Funding – 41st
- Air Pollution – 47th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Pennsylvania.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Pennsylvania, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Pennsylvania have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Pennsylvania 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.