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Washington, the Evergreen State, ranks 9th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Although the state ranks in the Top 10; Washington rates poorly in a couple categories: immunization among children (38th); and, pertussis (30th).
Since 1990, children living in poverty has increased 42% from 11.8% to 16.8.0% of all children. Washington has over 7 million residents, with 9% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $3,189 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Washington had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $45.2 billion in 2009. The state has 90 hospitals and 57 HMO groups with membership exceeding 2 million individuals.