Polk County Health Department


Content updated on 07/12/17

Health insurance assists people in accessing health care services and may protect them against disastrously high costs during serious illness. Those with insurance are more likely to receive preventative screenings and less likely to have undiagnosed or untreated chronic health conditions.

Since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the rate of Polk County residents without insurance dropped from 9.7% to 5.2% in 2015. (Source: US Census Bureau ACS 2015)


In 2015,  4.4% of white residents in Polk County were uninsured in comparison with 13.4% of African Americans, 4.4% of Asians and 17.5% of Hispanics.

  Total Population Uninsured Population  Percent Uninsured
White 395,011 17,384 4.40%
African American 29,347 3,922 13.40%
Asian 18,941 831 4.40%
Hispanic or Latino 38,166 6,675 17.50%

Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300

Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314