Pennsylvania health insurance
Keystone State holds steady at #29 in annual ranking of state healthiness
How healthy is living in Pennsylvania? It’s improving – but not enough to nudge the state from its ranking of 29 in the 2013 edition of America’s Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why Pennsylvania was ranked #29
Pennsylvania had some good news to report since the 2012 rankings: The prevalence of smoking in the state, for instance, has decreased by nearly 5 percent since the last report. Physical inactivity is also on the decline; immunization among adolescents is improved; and both preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths have seen consistent declines.
So what’s holding Pennsylvania back? The state still does poorly when it comes to the number of drug-related deaths in the state, unhealthy levels of air pollution and low per-capita public health funding.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Pennsylvania.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvaniahere.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Pennsylvania, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.