MA named healthiest state in new report

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Arizona saw improvement in other categories, however, as preventable hospitalizations decreased 32 percent since 2016, according to Medicare statistics. Overall, premature deaths increased by 3 percent since 2015.

But, as The Tulsa World reports, the state still ranks last in percentage of uninsured residents.

This is a first for MA as the healthiest state, dethroning Hawaii's five-year stint at the top. Vermont comes in third, Utah in fourth and CT in fifth.

Florida and Utah experienced the largest improvements in the rankings since previous year, rising four places each to number 32 and number 4, respectively. Utah improved its rankings in air pollution and immunization rates among young children.

Oklahoma is among the Top 10 least healthy states in the nation, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation that looks at the healthy and not-so-healthy habits of people across the United States. Lower measures for smoking, salmonella food poisoning and immunizations among children were key factors in that decline. It also ranked third in the subcategories of prevalence of health-promoting behaviors and a healthy community and environment. "Today's news is a testament to the hard work and dedication of many people working across state and local government, healthcare providers, and at the community grassroots level to make MA healthier".

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MA has been named America's healthiest state in the report, taking the top spot because of its low uninsured population, low obesity rates, and the high number of mental health providers.

For example, MA has more than six times the concentration of mental health providers than Alabama, which has the lowest concentration of any state at 85 providers per 100,000 people.

"This report highlights the notable progress that our state is making to improve the health and well-being of every individual living in the Commonwealth", Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement.

Likewise, the best states had a higher proportion of dentists, with 80 per 100,000 compared to 45 per 100,000. United Health Foundation also found a wide variation in the concentration of healthcare providers throughout the country, which may contribute to differences in overall health.