MA is America's healthiest state, according to new rankings


Some states are dramatically healthier than others in America, and according to a study, CT is one of them. The report also states the state has the lowest rate of diabetes.

This year, MA moved up from last year's No. 2 spot thanks to the low percentage of uninsured people here, the low prevalence of obesity and high vaccination rates. In the past five years, MA saw a 69 percent increase in drug deaths, or an addition of 8-plus deaths per 100,000 people.

But not all aspects of health were rosy for the Bay State. "Today's news is a testament to the hard work and dedication of many people working across state and local government, health care providers and at the community grassroots level to make MA healthier".

Oklahoma's smoking rate has declined 25 percent in the past five years.

Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and CT have more than 200 primary care physicians per 100,000 people, compared to fewer than 100 physicians per 100,000 people in Utah and Idaho.

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Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and CT also claimed spots in the top 5 list by the United Health Foundation.

MS is ranked 50th for the second year in a row with Louisiana (49), Arkansas (48), Alabama (47) and West Virginia (46) rounding out the states with greatest opportunities for improvement.

The Bay State is the healthiest in the USA, based on 35 measures based on behavior, environment and clinical care data, according to the annual report. The longevity of the report and wealth of credible data available for analysis provide a unique opportunity to track short- and long-term successes, and identify current and emerging challenges to the nation's health.

Paced by the lowest smoking rate ever recorded, Oklahoma moved up three spots to 43rd in America's Health Rankings, issued by the United Health Foundation.