As healthcare systems in this country go
Mississippi is still worst. Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas are next. Tennessee is better, but still in the bottom quartile. Minnesota is best. There's also a nice tooth map indicating states where adults have lost six or more teeth. Nothing about the tooth to tattoo ratio, however. From Olga Khazan, writing in The Atlantic.
The States With the Worst Healthcare Systems
Demographically, Mississippi is already at a disadvantage. A black man in Mississippi has a shorter life expectancy than the average American did in 1960. The state has an obesity rate of 35 percent, one of the highest poverty rates in the country, and just one abortion clinic.
Healthcare in Mississippi and in other Southern states is unlikely to become more equitable anytime soon, however. As the study authors note, 16 of the states in the bottom half of the ranking have opted not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
In Mississippi, for example, "Medicaid eligibility for non-disabled adults is limited to parents with incomes below 29 percent of poverty, or about $6,800 a year for a family of four, and adults without dependent children remain ineligible regardless of their income," as the Kaiser Family Foundation points out.
Those Mississippians making between 100 percent of the federal poverty level, or $23,850 for a family of four, and 400 percent, can qualify for subsidies to buy health insurance on the exchanges. But 30 percent of uninsured Mississippians fall into the "coverage gap" between the state's current income cutoff for Medicaid and the federal cutoff for health insurance subsidies. They don't qualify for any kind of financial help to buy health insurance and are likely to remain uninsured.
Mississippi also had the largest percentage of adults who went without medical care because of cost issues, according to the Commonwealth Fund report.