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Indiana, the Hoosier State, ranks 41st in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state fares poorly in several categories: air pollution (47); cancer deaths (42nd); cardiovascular deaths (39th); children living in poverty (35th); diabetes (32nd); immunization among children (42nd); infant mortality (36th); lack of insurance (31st); obesity (44th); premature deaths (40th); preventable hospitalizations (42nd); heart attack (35th); heart disease (32nd); high blood pressure (33rd); high cholesterol (37th); stroke (31st); and, teen birth rate (35).
The number of children living in poverty has increased 59% in the past year. Indiana has almost 6.6 million residents, with over 11% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,240 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Indiana had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $42.7 billion in 2009. The state has 121 hospitals and 49 HMO groups with membership exceeding 1.1 million individuals.