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Maine, the Pine Tree State, ranks 15th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state fares well overall but does poorly in several categories: cancer deaths (39th); children in poverty (30th); infant mortality (36th); pertussis (45th); smoking (30th); heart attack (44th); heart disease (41st); high blood pressure (32nd); and, high cholesterol (35th).
Over the past five years, low birthweight has increased 13% and infant mortality has increased 13% over the past 20 years. The state has over 1.3 million residents, with 4% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,329 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Maine had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $11.2 billion in 2009. The state has 35 hospitals and 18 HMO groups with membership exceeding 126,000 individuals.