Utah health insurance
A guide to finding health insurance in the greatest snow on earth
Living is healthy in Utah. The state was picked as the 7th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- Utah has very low rates of obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and diabetes.
- Relatively few adults smoke or engage in binge drinking.
The bad news:
- The high school graduation rate has declined over the past five years. It's currently 79.4 percent, which ranks 19th nationally.
- Utah ranks 37th for infectious disease rates and 39th for immunization coverage among young children.
Utah's best and worst category rankings:
- Smoking – 1st
- Diabetes – 1st
- Cancer Deaths – 1st
- Sedentary Lifestyle – 2nd
- Preventable Hospitalizations – 2nd
- Primary Care Physicians – 45th
- Geographic Disparity – 46th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Utah.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Utah 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 Utah here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Utah, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Utah have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Utah Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool
Toll-free 1-800-705-9173 or (801) 442-6660
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Utah 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.