Virginia is a state where, although having efficient health care and strong funding, the percentage of residents lacking health insurance coverage is higher than the national average. In 2008, about 14.1% of Virginians had no health insurance coverage, and were virtually unprotected in case of a medical emergency. The percentage of residents lacking health insurance coverage has been increasing consistently for the past twenty years, which means more measures need to be taken in order to decrease this percentage.
One of the things the state can improve, in terms of insurance, is the percentage of employers who offer Health Insurance Coverage, and the percentage of employees taking advantage of these plans. These two percentages have also increased within the past years and if they are taken care of could help improve the overall percentage of the state. Currently, 56.7% of employers are offering health benefits to workers, and 77% of those workers get their Health Insurance coverage through their employers.
One of this state’s strong health indicators that can help turn things around is the great amount of money spent per capita in public health across the state. Virginia has the 9th highest amount of Public Health Funding per capita, and it show within their health system. With 124 primary care physicians for every 100,000 residents in the state, and an medical accessibility percentage of 89%, Virginia has been ensuring that health care in the state is adequate, and accessible. Federally Qualified Health Centers are also available, but are currently serving only 11 percent of residents under the 200% FPL.
If you are a Virginian looking for the right Health Insurance plan for you or those close to you, we recommend you to go and check out the site of Virginia’ Bureau of Insurance. They have useful consumer guides, and information of every company or agent you might be interested to buy Health Insurance from.