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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.  Several northern plains states did well, including Minnesota who ranks number one in this study. South Dakota ranks 18th.

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 average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to share of insured population.

Best States for Health Care        Worst States for Health Care

1 Minnesota                              42 Alabama

2 Massachusetts                       43 Texas

3 Rhode Island                         44 Louisiana

4 District of Columbia               45 Oklahoma

5 Vermont                               46 Georgia

6 New Hampshire                    47 Arkansas

7 Hawaii                                 48 South Carolina

8 Maine                                 49 Mississippi

9 North Dakota                      50 North Carolina

10 Iowa                                 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 in 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: