New York health insurance
Empire State's ranking continues to rise
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.