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Nebraska, the Cornhusker State, ranks 10th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Though it ranks in the Top 10, the state fares poorly in several categories: incidence of infectious diseases (30th); incidence of pertussis (32nd); and, incidence of salmonella (34th).
Since 1990, the number of children living in poverty has increased 62%. The state has over 1.8 million residents, with 10% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,712 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Nebraska had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $12.6 billion in 2009. The state has 89 hospitals and 33 HMO groups with membership exceeding 239,000 individuals.