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Montana, the Treasure State, ranks 23rd in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Though in the middle of the pack, the state fares poorly in several categories: immunizations among adolescents (40th); immunizations among children (41st); infectious disease (32nd); lack of health insurance (40th); pertussis (50th); salmonella (49th); smoking (45th); heart attack (34th); heart disease (33rd); high blood pressure (48th); high cholesterol (45th); preterm birth (50th); stroke (47th); and, teen birth rate (47th).
Premature deaths have increased 4% over the past year, immunizations among children have decreased 9% over the past two months, and cancer deaths have increased 15% since 1990. The state has over one million residents, with 13% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,341 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Montana had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $6.4 billion in 2009. The state has 50 hospitals and 27 HMO groups with membership exceeding 35,000 individuals.