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Ranking the best and worst states for children's health care

Posted On Wed, February 2, 2011

The New England region is among the best areas in the country for access to quality children's health insurance, according to a recent study.

With the release of the State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, the Commonwealth Fund looked at 20 indicators to assess the state's child healthcare system, including affordability, prevention and treatment. Its findings indicate that all six of the New England states performed in the upper quartile in overall child healthcare performance. Overall, Iowa fared the best.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, west coast and southern states ranked the worst, performing poorly in health outcomes, access to care and prevention, among other indicators. Nevada was the worst.

Even though many states improved healthcare coverages for children, the report says there's plenty of room for improvement. For instance if all the states reached benchmark performance levels, the report says 5 million more children would have health insurance.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 8.2 million children in the U.S. lack health insurance, or 10 percent of the population under 18. 

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