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Kansas, the Sunflower State, ranks 26th 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: immunization among adolescents (46th); obesity (38th); pertussis (36th); preventable hospitalizations (31st); and, teen birth rate (32nd).
The number of deaths has increased 9% since 1990. Kansas has over 2.9 million residents, with over 11% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,513 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kansas had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $19.1 billion in 2009. The state has 133 hospitals and 43 HMO groups with membership exceeding 510,392 individuals.