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Texas, the Lone Star State, ranks 43rd in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state rates poorly in several categories: air pollution (42nd); cardiovascular deaths (33rd); children living in poverty (36th); incidence of chlamydia (41st); diabetes (34th); immunization among children (48th); infectious disease (43rd); lack of health insurance (50th); low birthweight (32nd); obesity (40th); pertussis (39th); preventable hospitalizations (37th); salmonella (39th); immunization for female HPV (40th); preterm birth (36th); and, teen birth rate (46th).
In the past two years, obesity has increased 9% from 29.2% to 31.9% of adults. Texas has over 26.9 million residents, with 17% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,282 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Texas had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $146.7 billion in 2009. The state has 417 hospitals and 79 HMO groups with membership exceeding 5.1 million individuals.