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2021’s Best & Worst States for Children’s Health Care – WalletHub Study

With children under age 16 not yet able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and Every Kid Healthy Week kicking off on April 26, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Children’s Health Care, as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine which states offer the most cost-effective and highest-quality health care for children, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 35 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of children aged 0 to 17 in excellent or very good health to pediatricians and family doctors per capita.

Best States for Children’s Health Care Worst States for Children’s Health Care
1. District of Columbia 42. Mississippi
2. Hawaii 43. North Carolina
3. Vermont 44. Ohio
4. Washington 45. Delaware
5. Maryland 46. Alaska
6. Oregon 47. Arkansas
7. Rhode Island 48. Tennessee
8. Colorado 49. Oklahoma
9. New York 50. Georgia
10. Massachusetts 51. Texas

Best vs. Worst

  • Massachusetts has the lowest share of uninsured children aged 0 to 18, 1.30 percent, which is 8.3 times lower than in Texas, the highest at 10.80 percent.
  • The District of Columbia has the lowest share of children aged 0 to 17 with unaffordable medical bills, 4.60 percent, which is 3.6 times lower than in North Dakota, the highest at 16.50 percent.
  • The District of Columbia has the most pediatricians per 100,000 residents, 43, which is 14.3 times more than in Oklahoma, the fewest at 3.
  • Utah has the lowest share of obese children aged 10 to 17, 9.60 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Kentucky, the highest at 23.80 percent.

For the full report and to see where your state or the District ranks, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-child-health/34455