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Show Me State climbs one spot to #39 in annual ranking of state health

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June 20, 2014

How healthy is living in Missouri? The state is up one spot from the 2012 rankings, coming in as the 39th healthiest state to live in, according to the America’s Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.

Why Missouri was ranked #39

While the Show Me State faces some significant challenges – including one of the worst rates for deaths due to cardiovascular issues and a population with one of the highest rates of smoking – the state’s ranking did improve.

Factors moving the state forward included decreases in Missourians’ likelihood to smoke and binge drink and a 10-year decrease in the rate of cardiovascular deaths.

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Missouri.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Missouri health quality findings.

In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Missouri here.

Get local health results

State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Missouri, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

More Missouri resources

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MO advocacy resources

Cover Missouri

A project of the Missouri Foundation for Health to develop, publish, and promote specific policy recommendations to increase the number of Missourians with health…

Missourians for Single Payer Health Care (MOSP)

A non-profit, non-partisan statewide organization of diverse individuals and groups whose purpose is to educate and advocate for universal health care through a single payer…

Other MO health insurance links

Missouri Foundation for Health

MFH seeks to empower the people of the communities we serve to achieve equal access to quality health services that promote prevention and encourage healthy…

Missouri health insurance companies

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri
BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City
Celtic Ins. Co.
Coventry Health Care of Kansas Inc.
Golden Rule
Group Health Plan
Mercy Health Plans

Health insurance for MO individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Missouri. If you are looking for Missouri Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.