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Empire State's ranking continues to rise

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June 23, 2014

How healthy is living in New York State? It’s healthier with each passing year – at least according to America’s Health Rankings®, which gave the Empire State its highest rating ever – #15 – this year.

Why New York was ranked #15

Why is New York’s health ranking on the rise? It might have to do with factors such as 10-year declines in both the percentage of uninsured residents and the percentage of deaths due to cardiovascular diseases and a five-year decline in air pollution. The state also has one of the lowest obesity rates in the nation (23.6% of the population).

That’s not saying there’s no bad news: the state still faces a high rate of children in poverty and one of the lower ratings for percentage of children immunized.

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

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key New York 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 New Yorkhere.

Get local health results

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

More New York resources

New York state health insurance exchange

New York’s exchange

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$86.5 million to 1,001,476 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $138 per New York family in 2012.


Find out how your member of the New York Congressional delegation voted on health care.

NY state government resources

Medicaid in New York State

Works in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assist in providing quality medical care for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and limited…

New York health insurance programs

A comprehensive list of health insurance programs administered by the State of New…

New York State Child Health Plus

Health insurance plan for kids. Depending on your family’s income, your child may be eligible to join either Children’s Medicaid or Child Health Plus…

New York State Government Health Insurance Information

A long list of links to information published by the State of New York regarding health insurance and health care…

NY advocacy resources

Community Service Society of New York

Committed to the goal of universal health coverage as the most fair and efficient method of achieving positive health outcomes for individuals and the greater community. In an effort to achieve this goal, CSS has launched a comprehensive campaign to…

Health Care for All New York

The statewide Consumer Voices for Coverage project seeking to achieve a commitment to provide affordable and comprehensive health coverage to all New Yorkers by 2010. The project’s strategy is to develop a set of standards that puts all universal…

New York State Health Foundation

An organization devoted to expanding health insurance coverage, increasing access to high-quality health care services, and improving public and community health. NYSHealth was established by the State of New York with charitable funds from the…

Single Payer | Medicare-for-All in New York State

A statewide clearinghouse for all single payer/medicare-for-all initiatives and events throughout the…

New York health insurance companies

Atlantis Health Plan
Group Health Incorporated
Oxford Health Plans, Inc.

Health insurance for NY individuals

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