Wisconsin health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in America's Dairyland
How healthy is the living in Wisconsin? It ranks as the 16th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- The state's high school graduation rate increased to 90.7 percent – number one in the nation.
- At just under 10 percent, the uninsured rate is low compared to other states.
The bad news:
- The percentage of children in poverty jumped nearly nine percentage points from 2011 to 2012; it's currently 21.4 percent.
- Wisconsin ranks 50th for binge drinking, with 24.3 percent of adults affected.
- Wisconsin spends $39 per person on public health funding – less than any other state.
Wisconsin's best and worst category rankings:
- High School Graduation Rate – 1st
- Lack of Health Insurance – 6th
- Poor Mental Health Days – 7th
- Children in Poverty – 27th
- Infant Mortality – 27th
- Binge Drinking – 50th
- Public Health Funding – 50th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Wisconsin.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Wisconsin, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Wisconsin have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Wisconsin Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Wisconsin 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.