Washington health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Evergreen State
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 Washingtonhere.
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.