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Texas ranks lowest in children’s health care study

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Texas came in last in a new study by WalletHub that examines children’s health care data among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, based on three key dimensions.

Texas earned a total score of 33.23 in the study by the personal finances website, with the maximum score being 100. The state ranked 51st in the category of children’s health and access to care; 44th for “Kids’ Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity”; and 39th for “Kids’ Oral Health.”

Within these categories, researchers measured 33 different health-related criteria, such as family doctors per capita, share of children in good health, percentage of youths with depression and daily exercise regimens.

About 95 percent of the nation’s 18-and-under population has health coverage, according to WalletHub, although the cost of health care has increased twofold since the 1980s.

Children’s health is especially important in the coronavirus era, the website reported.

State Rankings on Children’s Health Care

Overall Rank
(1=Best)
State Total Score ‘Kids’ Health & Access to Health Care’ Rank ‘Kids’ Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity’ Rank ‘Kids’ Oral Health’ Rank
1 Massachusetts 64.06 2 2 20
2 Vermont 63.39 1 15 5
3 District of Columbia 61.49 5 10 2
4 Rhode Island 60.57 3 16 18
5 New Jersey 60.03 4 7 50
6 New York 57.05 10 3 8
7 Hawaii 56.96 6 13 49
8 Connecticut 56.12 9 6 32
9 Maryland 55.23 7 25 34
10 New Hampshire 54.06 8 33 27
11 California 52.42 12 17 29
12 Minnesota 51.55 16 14 15
13 Delaware 51.37 13 20 9
14 Pennsylvania 51.32 17 8 7
15 Oregon 50.88 19 5 13
16 Virginia 50.27 11 31 33
17 Maine 50.02 14 26 16
18 Washington 48.77 20 12 45
19 Nebraska 47.78 31 9 23
20 Idaho 47.12 25 21 25
21 New Mexico 46.99 15 39 36
22 South Dakota 46.97 22 23 26
23 Illinois 46.86 24 24 12
24 Utah 46.66 37 4 17
25 Florida 46.60 18 30 38
26 Michigan 46.28 34 19 14
27 North Dakota 46.18 44 1 4
28 Iowa 44.98 36 27 1
29 Nevada 44.98 21 28 51
30 Colorado 44.53 38 22 6
31 Arizona 44.18 30 32 30
32 West Virginia 43.92 33 37 3
33 Wisconsin 43.79 40 18 24
34 South Carolina 43.40 26 45 11
35 Missouri 43.36 27 42 47
36 Kansas 42.81 35 36 28
37 Ohio 42.74 23 46 41
38 Alabama 42.25 29 47 31
39 Montana 41.89 46 11 46
40 Kentucky 41.50 28 49 19
41 Tennessee 40.10 32 51 22
42 Louisiana 39.77 39 43 42
43 Wyoming 39.58 41 41 48
44 North Carolina 39.40 42 38 44
45 Georgia 39.31 47 29 10
46 Arkansas 39.10 43 40 35
47 Alaska 36.89 49 34 43
48 Indiana 36.69 50 35 37
49 Mississippi 36.02 48 48 21
50 Oklahoma 35.35 45 50 40
51 Texas 33.23 51 44 39

Source: WalletHub.com

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