Northeastern and Midwestern states tend to score higher on childrens healthcare quality indicators than Southern states, according to a new scorecard issued by the Commonwealth Fund.
Researchers ranked states on 13 indicators for children grouped in categories that include access, costs, equity, healthy outcomes and quality. While no single state performed at the top across all categories, states in the Northeast and upper Midwest often ranked high in multiple areas, whereas states with the lowest rankings were concentrated in the South and Southwest.
Thirteen statesHawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island and Wisconsinwere among the highest ranking states. The lowest ranking states included Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Nevada and Texas.
While the percentages of uninsured children varied widely across states, from 5% in Michigan to 20% in Texas, the scorecard found that states with the highest percentage of children insured were among the best scorers on quality of care and equity measures. If all states performed as well as the top-ranking states, an additional 4.6 million children nationwide would have health insurance; 11.8 million more children would get their recommended yearly medical and dental check-ups, and nearly 800,000 more children would be up-to-date on their vaccines, the researchers estimated. -- by Jennifer Lubell
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