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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.

More Utah resources

Utah state health insurance exchange

Utah’s exchange

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


$3.7 million to 109,893 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $85 per Utah family in 2012.


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

UT state government resources

Medicaid in Utah

A joint Federal and State program that provides payment for some medical costs for certain individuals who are older, have low incomes and limited assets, or are…

Utah and national health reform

The Insurance Department’s page on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on…

Utah Children’s Health Insurance Program

Families who cannot afford to buy health insurance for their children may be eligible for health coverage through the Utah…

Utah Department of Human Services

Information on insurance programs – Medicare, Medicaid and long term health insurance…

Utah Health Policy Project

A resource for the public, community leaders, businesses, health care providers and policy makers interested in strengthening the health care system while working to develop visionary and systemic solutions to the crisis of the uninsured and…

Utah Healthcare Initiative

Organized to bring the issue of health system reform before the voters of…

UT advocacy resources

Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP)

UHPP is a nonpartisan, 501-C-3 nonprofit organization whose vision is for a health care system that provides medically necessary care to all Utah residents in a timely, efficient, and culturally effective manner with sustainable…

Utah health insurance companies

Altius Health Plans
American Medical Security Life Insurance Company
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah

Health insurance for UT individuals

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