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Utah, the Beehive Star State, ranks 7th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Though the state makes the Top 10, Utah still rates poorly in several categories: immunization among adolescents (42nd); immunization among children (30th); lack of health insurance (34th); pertussis (49th); and, immunization for female HPV (46th).
In the past year, children living in poverty has increased 30% from 9.2% to 12.0% of all children. In the past 20 years, low birthweight has increased 25% from 5.6% to 7.0% of live births. Texas has over 2.9 million residents, with 12% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,745 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Utah had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $13.9 billion in 2009. The state has 47 hospitals and 39 HMO groups with membership exceeding 809,200 individuals.