Children's Health Rankings: Some Surprises
There were few shocks in the Commonwealth Fund's first-ever state-by-state "scorecard" on children's health systems. Based on 13 criteria, the overall leaders were Vermont ...
There were few shocks in the Commonwealth Fund's first-ever state-by-state "scorecard" on children's health systems. Based on 13 criteria, the overall leaders were Vermont and Iowa--no surprise there.
But who were the laggards? Arkansas was 48th, Mississippi 49th--again no surprise. But guess who's sitting in 50th place? Florida--a state with a vibrant and forward-looking economy; a sophisticated state with a lot of political savvy. An influential state: Other states take notice of what Florida is doing. Hopefully, not in children's health.
Where did Florida fall down? Mostly in access to care--the percent of uninsured children is 18.5, while the state median is 9.1. There were also failings in quality--only 73.5 percent of children 19 to 35 months old get their five key vaccines; the state median is 81.6, and the top states average 88.3. Florida is also doing poorly when it comes to referring kids with special needs to specialty care.
Not all the surprises were negative. Alabama, Florida's neighbor to the north, eked out a ranking of 14. Its strongest suit: insuring its children--only 6 percent are uninsured. It also ranked well on most of the quality-ofcare criteria.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
First-in-Nation 'Blue Lives Matter' Law Makes Police Hate-Crime Victims in Louisiana14 hours ago
Ruling Gives Juvenile Murderers in Florida a Shot at Freedom15 hours ago
Local Police Force in Pennsylvania Asks Feds to Investigate Them18 hours ago
Buying a Gun in Ohio Just Got Easier18 hours ago
Feds Censure Maine Town Over Financial Records18 hours ago
Judge Strikes Down Montana's Campaign Contribution Limits -- Then Reinstates Them Days Later18 hours ago