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December 10, 2014

CT takes 4th in annual health ranking

Connecticut moved up three slots, to fourth place, in the United Health Foundation’s annual ranking of the healthiest states.

Connecticut has a low prevalence of smokers, a low occupational fatality rate and high immunization among children, according to the report, titled ‘America’s Health Rankings.’

Challenges include high prevalence of binge drinking, high rate of preventable hospitalizations (though the rate has fallen among Medicare beneficiaries in the past year), and disparities in health status by education attainment. The state was also docked for its relatively high unemployment rate and income disparity.

This year is the foundation’s 25th such ranking, which it says makes it the longest-running report of its kind. The foundation, started by insurer UnitedHealth Group, assesses a mix of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to compile the rankings.

Hawaii took first place while Mississippi was in last place.

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