Virginia health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Old Dominion State
How healthy is living in Virginia? The state rose two spots and is the nation's 21st healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- Air pollution dropped by nearly a quarter in the past five years.
- At 14.7 percent, the state has a relatively low percentage of children in poverty. However, the rate increased more than 2 percentage points in the past year and nearly 7 percentage points in the past 10 years.
The bad news:
- About 29 percent of adults are obese, and 10.4 percent are diagnosed with diabetes.
- Geographic disparity — the variation in death rates by county — is high.
Virginia's best and worst category rankings:
- Violent Crime – 6th
- Poor Physical Health Days – 9th
- Poor Mental Health Days – 10th
- Immunization Coverage – 33rd
- Diabetes – 38th
- Geographic Disparity – 40th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Virginia.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Virginia 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 Virginia here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Virginia, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Virginia have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Virginia 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.