Arizona Ranks Near the Bottom

A new report does not paint a rosy picture of Arizona’s health care when it comes to kids. According to the finance website WalletHub, our state ranks among the worst for children’s health care. Arizona finished 42 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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From KTAR in Phoenix:

In terms of child healthcare, Arizona is considered one of the worst states in the country.

According to WalletHub, a number of children are without proper healthcare.

“We looked at, one, the access to healthcare, how many children are insured, have enough seen doctors in the past year or have they been prevented because of cost,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said. “We also looked at kids’ nutrition, physical activity and obesity rates and finally we looked at kids’ oral health. 

“Arizona has a pretty high percentage of uninsured children just crossing the 10-percent mark. Usually that’s definitely within the single digits, anywhere from two to five percent, so Arizona is obviously about double that rate.”

Out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Arizona came in at 48th for uninsured children.

U.S. News & World Report explains the metrics WalletHub used in its report. “The organization ranked the 50 states and District of Columbia according to 30 key indicators related to kids’ health and access to health care; kids’ nutrition, physical activity and obesity; and kids’ oral health.”

Our state has one of the highest percentage rates of uninsured children in the nation, finishing 48th in that particular metric.

uninsured kids

The Top 10 and Bottom 10 states for children’s healthcare are below. Once you’ve had an opportunity to look over the analysis and results, we’d love to hear your thoughts about Arizona’s place in the rankings and what we can do to improve. Generating conversations around the health issues affecting the people of our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

Top 10

1. Vermont

2. District of Columbia

3. Massachusetts

4. Connecticut

5. New York

6. Maryland

7. Hawaii

8. New Hampshire

9. New Jersey

10. California

Bottom 10

1. Nevada

2. Louisiana

3. Texas

4. Mississippi

5. Arkansas

6. Montana

7. Oklahoma

8. Wyoming

9. Alaska

10. Arizona

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