With Every Kid Healthy Week kicking off today, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Children’s Health Care.

In order to determine which states offer the most cost-effective and highest quality health care for children, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of children aged 0 to 17 in excellent or very good health to pediatricians and family doctors per capita.

Children’s Health Care in Rhode Island (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 21st – % of Children Aged 0–17 in Excellent/Very Good Health
  • 13th – % of Uninsured Children Aged 0–17
  • 19th – Infant-Death Rate
  • 18th – % of Children Aged 0–17 with Unaffordable Medical Bills
  • 17th – Pediatricians & Family Doctors per Capita
  • 21st – % of Overweight Children Aged 10–17
  • 11th – % of Obese Children Aged 10–17
  • 13th – % of Children Aged 1–17 with Excellent/Very Good Teeth
  • 6th – % of Children Aged 0–17 with Medical & Dental Preventive-Care Visits in Past Year

While Rhode Island ranked 7th in the United States, it was the second lowest ranked state in New England. Vermont (1), Massachusetts (2), Connecticut (3) and New Hampshire (5) all ranked ahead of Rhode Island, while Maine (18) was ranked much lower.


Source: WalletHub

For the full report, visit https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-child-health/34455/

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).