Tennessee health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Volunteer State
How healthy is it to live in Tennessee? The state rose from 41st in 2011 to 39th in 2012 according to America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- At 10.0 percent of adults, Tennessee has the lowest binge-drinking rate in the nation.
- Air pollution decreased by six percent between 2011 and 2012.
The bad news:
- More than 35 percent of adults have a sedentary lifestyle.
- Tennessee ranks 42nd for low birth weight and 45th for its infant mortality rate.
Tennessee's best and worst category rankings:
- Binge Drinking – 1st
- Geographic Disparity – 17th
- Primary Care Physicians – 20th
- Preventable Hospitalizations – 46th
- Violent Crime – 47th
- Sedentary Lifestyle – 48th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Tennessee.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Tennessee 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 Tennessee here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Tennessee, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Tennessee have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Tennessee's Tenncare Program
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Tennessee 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.