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Pennsylvania, the Keystone State, ranks 29th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state rates poorly in several categories: air pollution (48th); cancer deaths (37th); cardiovascular deaths (48th); diabetes (37rd); infant mortality (35th); infectious disease (42nd); preventable hospitalizations (36th); smoking; (33rdh); heart attack (32nd); heart disease (40th); high blood pressure (35th); and, stroke (35th).
In the past year, the number of children living in poverty has increased 15% from 16.9% to 19.4%. In the past 2 years, infant mortality has increased 1% from 6.8 to 6.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. The state has over 12.8 million residents, with 8% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,236 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Pennsylvania had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $97.4 billion in 2009. The state has 185 hospitals and 75 HMO groups with membership exceeding 3.3 million individuals.