Rhode Island health insurance
Rank of Ocean State's healthiness declines for third straight year
How healthy is living in Rhode Island? It's worrisome, according to the 2013 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation. After peaking at #10 for three years – 2008, 2009, and 2010 – the state's ranking has fallen for three straight years, and is now at #19.
Why Rhode Island was ranked #29
What's causing the steady decline? The report listed several health challenges: among them a high rate of drug deaths and high rate of preventable hospitalizations.
That's not to say there's no encouraging news: smoking and physical inactivity are on the decline and the state has seen a steady decline in the rate of cardiovascular deaths over the past decade. The state also has the highest ranking of any state for percentage of adolescents immunized and has the third-best rating for number of primary care physicians per 100,000 population.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Rhode Island.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Rhode Island, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Rhode Island have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Rhode Island 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.