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Illinois, the Prairie State, ranks 28th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Overall the state ranks in the middle of the pack. However, it still fares poorly in several categories: incidence of deaths related to cancer (34th); incidence of cardiovascular deaths (32nd); children living in poverty (29th); incidence of chlamydia (39th); immunization among children (35th); preventable hospitalizations (40th); and, incidence of preterm birth (32nd).
The number of children living in poverty has increased 11% in the past two years. Illinois has almost 12.9 million residents, with over 19% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,368 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Illinois had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $87.1 billion in 2009. The state has 189 hospitals and 56 HMO groups with membership exceeding 2.2 million individuals.