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Nevada, the Silver State, ranks 38th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state fares poorly in several categories: air pollution (43rd); cardiovascular deaths (38th); children living in poverty (37th); immunizations among adolescents (37th); immunization among children (37th); infectious disease (31st); lack of health insurance (48th); premature deaths (31st); salmonella (38th); heart attack (32nd); heart disease (33rd); preterm birth (40th); stroke (31st); and, teen birth rate (35th).
The number of children living in poverty has increased 46% over the past 20 years. The state has over 2.8 million residents, with 13% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,893 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Nevada had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $15.1 billion in 2009. The state has 37 hospitals and 43 HMO groups with membership exceeding 848,700 individuals.