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Pennsylvania health insurance

A guide to affordable health insurance in the Keystone State

pennsylvania guide to health insurance

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.

More Pennsylvania resources

Pennsylvania state health insurance exchange

Pennsylvania’s exchange

Find out what your state’s health insurance exchange will look like.


$51.6 million to 575,551 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $165 per Pennsylvania family in 2012.


Find out how your member of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation voted on health care.

PA state government resources

Childrens Health Insurance Program

CHIP is Pennsylvania’s program intended to provide health insurance for children of working families who otherwise could not afford…

Federal health insurance reform facts

Presented by the Pennsylvania Department of…

Health insurance information for Pennsylvania consumers

From the Pennsylvania Insurance…

Pennsylvania Insurance Department

The State of Pennsylvania’s department of insurance provides official information all types of…

Pennsylvania medical assistance

Medical Assistance, also known as Medicaid, and sometimes referred to as MA, pays for health care services for eligible…

PA advocacy resources

Health Care for All Pennsylvania

Health Care for All Pennsylvania is an education and social welfare organization, founded in 2006 to secure a comprehensive single payer health care system for every citizen of…

Health Care for All Philadelphia

A Philadelphia based organization working for single payer (“Medicare for All”) health care at both the state and national…

Western PA Coalition for Single-Payer Healthcare

An all-volunteer, grassroots group advocating national, universal, single-payer health…

Other PA health insurance links

Pennsylvania Health Law Project

A nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. For more than two decades, PHLP has engaged in direct advocacy on behalf of individual consumers while…

Pennsylvania health insurance companies

AARP Insured By Aetna
Celtic Ins. Co.
First Priority Life, administered by Blue Cross of NEPA
Geisinger Quality Options
Golden Rule
Independence Blue Cross

Health insurance for PA individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Pennsylvania. If you are looking for Pennsylvania Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.