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Washington health insurance

A guide to affordable health insurance in the Evergreen State

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How healthy is the living in Washington State? It dropped four spots to 13th healthiest state according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.

The good news:

  • A relatively low percentage of Washington adults smoke.
  • Infant mortality and low-weight birth rates are low.

The bad news:

  • The percentage of children in poverty rose from 16.1 percent in 2011 to 18.9 percent in 2012.
  • More than one in four students does not finish high school in four years.

Washington's best and worst category rankings:

  • Occupational Fatalities – 5th
  • Low Birth Weight – 5th
  • Preventable Hospitalizations – 5th
  • Geographic Disparity – 36th
  • High School Graduation Rate – 37th
  • Immunization Coverage – 39th

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Washington.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Washington 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 Washington here.

Get local health results

State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Washington, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

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a health insurance high risk pool?

Washington State Health Insurance Pool
Toll-free 1-800-877-5187

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Washington 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 Washington resources

Washington state health insurance exchange

Washington’s exchange

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


$6 million to 7,681 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $185 per Washington family in 2012.


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

WA state government resources

Find out if you qualify for government-sponsored medical benefits

Six questions to determine whether you may be eligible for free medical…

Health care assistance in Washington State

The state of Washinton’s Medicaid…

Washington Apple Health for Kids (CHIP)

A Washington State initiative aimed at streamlining applications for…

Washington State Governor’s office on health care reform

Gov. Jay Inslee’s office has published this information on the State of Washington and health…

Washington State Insurance Commissioner on health reform

The State of Washington’s Insurance Commission with how the new health care law will affect…

WA advocacy resources

Health Care for All – Washington

Advocates for secure, affordable, and comprehensive health care coverage for all State of Washington residents implemented through a unified financing…

United for National Healthcare

A Bellingham, Washington group organizing and advocating for a National Single-Payer Healthcare…

Washington health insurance companies

Assurant Health
Asuris Northwest Health
Group Health
KPS Health Plans
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the NW
LifeWise Health Plan of Washington
Premera Blue Cross
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueShield

Health insurance for WA individuals

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