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The best states for health care in 2021, according to US News

Hawaii, Massachusetts and Connecticut top the list this year. U.S. News ranked all 50 states—see where yours landed.

To put together its ranking of states for health care, U.S. News and World Report examined many data points, but focused on access, quality and public health. U.S. News’ explanation of the annual rankings, which were released last week, does not say whether COVID-19 factored into them.

Below is U.S. News’ ranking of all 50 states for health care, 1 being best, 50 being worst.

The best and worst states for health care in 2021

1. Hawaii

2. Massachusetts

3. Connecticut

4. New Jersey

5. California

6. Maryland

7. New York

8. Washington

9. Rhode Island

10. Colorado

11. Utah

12. Virginia

13. New Hampshire

14. Delaware

15. Wisconsin

16. Minnesota

17. Oregon

18. Vermont

19. Pennsylvania

20. Iowa

21. Arizona

22. Alaska

23. Illinois

24. Idaho

25. Florida

26. Maine

27. North Dakota

28. Nebraska

29. South Dakota

30. North Carolina

31. Texas

32. Indiana

33. New Mexico

34. South Carolina

35. Michigan

36. Montana

37. Ohio

38. Wyoming

39. Nevada

40. Tennessee

41. Kansas

42. Missouri

43. Georgia

44. Kentucky

45. Alabama

46. Louisiana

47. West Virginia

48. Oklahoma

49. Arkansas

50. Mississippi

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