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WALLETHUB: 2019’s Best & Worst States for Health Care

With the Affordable Care Act remaining in effect and the CDC reporting that over 87 percent of the population has a regular place to go for medical care, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Health Care as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine where Americans receive the highest-quality services at the best prices, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 43 key measures of health care cost, accessibility, and outcome. The data set ranges from the average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to share of insured population.

Best States for Health Care

1- Minnesota

2- Massachusetts

3- Rhode Island

4- District of Columbia

5- Vermont

6- New Hampshire

7- Hawaii

8- Maine

9- North Dakota

10- Iowa

Worst States for Health Care

42- Alabama

43-Texas

44- Louisiana

45- Oklahoma

46- Georgia

47- Arkansas

48- South Carolina

49- Mississippi

50- North Carolina

51- Alaska

Best vs. Worst

  • Massachusetts has the lowest average monthly health-insurance premium, $392, which is 2.4 times lower than in Wyoming, the highest at $960.
  • California has the highest retention rate for medical residents, 70.40 percent, which is 4.3 times higher than in the District of Columbia, the lowest at 16.40 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest number of infant mortalities (per 1,000 live births), four, which is 2.3 times lower than Mississippi, the highest at nine.
  • Rhode Island has the lowest share of at-risk adults without a routine doctor visit in the past two years, 10.30 percent, which is 1.7 times lower than in New Mexico, the highest at 17.00 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-best-health-care/23457/

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Julia LeFort

Julia LeFort joined RSHV News 1 in May 2019 following her graduation from Florida College with a Bachelor's Degree in May 2019. She has been working as an editor in Florida for the past two years and previously graduated from Benton High School. Currently she is working as the content manager and a contributing reporter to RSHV News 1, while also attending graduate school online through LSU's School of Library and Information Science. Julia is excited to be back in Northwest Louisiana, which she considers home. You can contact Julia at jlefort@rshv.news.

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