Wyoming health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Cowboy State
How healthy is living in Wyoming? It ranks as the 23rd healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- Occupational fatalities have declined over the past over the past six years. However, at 7.2 deaths per 100,000 workers, the rate is still quite high.
- The infant mortality rate dropped from 7.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011 to 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012.
The bad news:
- Smoking and binge drinking rates are high at 23 percent and 18.9 percent, respectively.
- The percentage of young children receiving recommended immunizations dropped to 82.5 percent – the lowest rate in the nation.
Washington's best and worst category rankings:
- Air Pollution – 1st
- Infectious Disease – 2nd
- Children in Poverty – 3rd
- Occupational Fatalities – 43rd
- Primary Care Physicians – 44th
- Immunization Coverage – 50th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Wyoming.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Wyoming 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 Wyoming here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Wyoming, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Wyoming have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Wyoming Health Insurance Pool
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Wyoming 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.