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    Best states for health care

    Digging for the right health care plan for you and your family can cause a headache big enough to see a doctor. Between figuring deductibles and determining what is covered, you can lose sight of the most important part of a health care plan: quality.

    The average American spends more than $10,000 on health coverage each year. What is that number buying, though? Depends on where you live. The types of coverage you can receive in each state depends on how each state uses federal subsidies and which insurance companies are available. These differences affect what services you can access and what you will pay out-of-pocket.

    To show how the state you call home compares to its neighbors, Stacker gathered data from a WalletHub analysis of health care to rank our 50 states and District of Columbia.

    The WalletHub rankings were created by scoring various health care factors related to cost, access, and outcomes in each state. Measuring cost included factors, such as average monthly premiums and the cost of a dental visit. Access rankings looked at the state’s number of emergency responders, number of insured adults, and average emergency room wait time. Ranking medical outcomes was a measure of life expectancy, infant mortality, and heart disease rate. How each state scored in terms of cost, access and outcomes determined its total score.

    We begin our list at #26 in the Pacific Northwest and work our way to #1. Who has the best coverage in the union? Read on and see just where your home’s health care ranks.

  • #26: Washington
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    #26: Washington

    Total Score: 55.89
    Cost Rank: #31
    Access Rank: #41
    Outcomes Rank: #11


     

  • #25: California
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    #25: California

    Total Score: 56.14
    Cost Rank: #22
    Access Rank: #48
    Outcomes Rank: #9


     

  • #24: New Jersey
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    #24: New Jersey

    Total Score: 56.43
    Cost Rank: #29
    Access Rank: #39
    Outcomes Rank: #12


     

  • #23: Delaware
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    #23: Delaware

    Total Score: 56.55
    Cost Rank: #8
    Access Rank: #25
    Outcomes Rank: #40


     

  • #22: Ohio
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    #22: Ohio

    Total Score: 57.57
    Cost Rank: #9
    Access Rank: #14
    Outcomes Rank: #38


     

  • #21: Wisconsin
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    #21: Wisconsin

    Total Score: 57.80
    Cost Rank: #25
    Access Rank: #16
    Outcomes Rank: #22


     

  • #20: Virginia
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    #20: Virginia

    Total Score: 58.18
    Cost Rank: #18
    Access Rank: #30
    Outcomes Rank: #20


     

  • #19: Illinois
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    #19: Illinois

    Total Score: 58.51
    Cost Rank: #10
    Access Rank: #24
    Outcomes Rank: #29


     

  • #18: Pennsylvania
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    #18: Pennsylvania

    Total Score: 59.93
    Cost Rank: #14
    Access Rank: #8
    Outcomes Rank: #31


     

  • #17: Nebraska
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    #17: Nebraska

    Total Score: 60.35
    Cost Rank: #21
    Access Rank: #10
    Outcomes Rank: #19


     

  • #16: North Dakota
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    #16: North Dakota

    Total Score: 61.05
    Cost Rank: #12
    Access Rank: #21
    Outcomes Rank: #18


     

  • #15: Utah
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    #15: Utah

    Total Score: 61.56
    Cost Rank: #13
    Access Rank: #33
    Outcomes Rank: #6


     

  • #14: Maine
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    #14: Maine

    Total Score: 62.20
    Cost Rank: #17
    Access Rank: #1
    Outcomes Rank: #26


     

  • #13: Colorado
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    #13: Colorado

    Total Score: 62.62
    Cost Rank: #23
    Access Rank: #20
    Outcomes Rank: #4


     

  • #12: Kansas
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    #12: Kansas

    Total Score: 62.66
    Cost Rank: #6
    Access Rank: #15
    Outcomes Rank: #21


     

  • #11: Maryland
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    #11: Maryland

    Total Score: 63.05
    Cost Rank: #4
    Access Rank: #22
    Outcomes Rank: #23


     

  • #10: Rhode Island
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    #10: Rhode Island

    Total Score: 63.23
    Cost Rank: #15
    Access Rank: #13
    Outcomes Rank: #10


     

  • #9: Massachusetts
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    #9: Massachusetts

    Total Score: 63.36
    Cost Rank: #41
    Access Rank: #3
    Outcomes Rank: #2


     

  • #8: Vermont
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    #8: Vermont

    Total Score: 63.87
    Cost Rank: #20
    Access Rank: #18
    Outcomes Rank: #3


     

  • #7: South Dakota
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    #7: South Dakota

    Total Score: 63.89
    Cost Rank: #7
    Access Rank: #5
    Outcomes Rank: #24


     

  • #6: Connecticut
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    #6: Connecticut

    Total Score: 64.84
    Cost Rank: #30
    Access Rank: #2
    Outcomes Rank: #5


     

  • #5: District of Columbia
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    #5: District of Columbia

    Total Score: 65.47
    Cost Rank: #1
    Access Rank: #6
    Outcomes Rank: #37


     

  • #4: New Hampshire
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    #4: New Hampshire

    Total Score: 65.54
    Cost Rank: #16
    Access Rank: #4
    Outcomes Rank: #7


     

  • #2 (Tie): Iowa
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    #2 (Tie): Iowa

    Total Score: 66.62
    Cost Rank: #2
    Access Rank: #19
    Outcomes Rank: #13


     

  • #2 (Tie): Minnesota
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    #2 (Tie): Minnesota

    Total Score: 66.62
    Cost Rank: #5
    Access Rank: #11
    Outcomes Rank: #8


     

  • #1: Hawaii
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    #1: Hawaii

    Total Score: 67.36
    Cost Rank: #3
    Access Rank: #42
    Outcomes Rank: #1


     

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