Top 10 States with the Worst Healthcare for Children

States Ranked According to Lack or Insufficiency in Healthcare

While some states manage to impress with the state of their healthcare coverage for children, such as the top rankers Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, other states are not doing as well. Ten of the states, many of them from the Midwest and the South, performed badly in a ranking study made by WalletHub researchers.

The 2017 Best States for Children’s Health Care study by WalletHub ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia using composite scores computed from the following three areas related to children:

  • Health and access to health care
  • Nutrition, physical activity and obesity
  • Oral health

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States with the Worst Healthcare for Children

Many of these states provide Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program as options, especially for low-income families. Other states have their own initiatives. Despite these programs, there are still barriers to good health and access to healthcare for children.

#42: Oklahoma

Ranking 42nd overall in the list was Oklahoma, with a 41st place in health and access to healthcare, 45th place in nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and 36th place in oral health.

#43: South Carolina

Despite the State’s Partners for Health Children insurance program for children from low-income families, South Carolina still ranks low in the list. The state is 40th for health and access, 50th for nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and 24th for oral health.

#44: Arkansas

Next in the worst list is Arkansas, which is low in all three areas. It ranked 44th in health and access, 43rd in nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and 45th in oral health.

#45: Georgia

Georgia offers PeachCare for Kids, which is a comprehensive health-care program for uninsured children. Despite such efforts, health and access to healthcare is still low at 42nd. The state also ranked 49th for nutrition, physical activity and obesity.

#46: Montana

The state ranked 45th for health and access to healthcare, 44th for nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and 41st for oral health.

#47: Texas

This state ranked 47th for health and access to healthcare, 39th for nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and 35th for oral health.

#48: Alaska

Alaska ranked 50th for health and access to health care. The state did better on the other two areas, with rank 35 for nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and rank 34 for oral health.

#49: Arizona

The state of Arizona ranked 49th in health and access to health, 42nd in nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and 38th in oral health.

#50: Mississippi

Mississippi unfortunately came in dead last for nutrition, physical activity and obesity. It reached only 48th place for health and access to health, and 30th place for oral health.

#51: Nevada

Last in healthcare for children is the state of Nevada. The state ranked last in both health and access to health care, and oral health. It also only reached 48th place for nutrition, physical activity and obesity.

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