10 best states for healthcare
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In just a few short months, open enrollment begins and many employees may be looking to enhance their benefits. Knowing where states excel, alongside where they don’t, can help employers have the best plans in place to meet the needs of their workers.

Personal finance website Wallethub has compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia three key dimensions — health costs, access and outcomes — consisting of 40 relevant metrics.

The study looked at with metrics ranging from “average monthly insurance premium” to “number of physicians per capita” and “percentage of adults and children with health insurance coverage.”

Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best health care at the most reasonable cost. The study determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

According to those findings, these 10 states have the best healthcare in the country.

To find out which states have the worst healthcare, click here.
10. Maryland
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Overall score: 61.86
Costs ranking: 2
Access ranking: 28
Outcomes ranking: 28
9. Iowa
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Flag of the US state of Iowa on a brushed metal backgound
Overall score: 61.94
Costs ranking: 6
Access ranking: 19
Outcomes ranking: 14
8. District of Columbia
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Overall score: 62.08
Costs ranking: 1
Access ranking: 6
Outcomes ranking: 36
7. Colorado
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Overall score: 62.69
Costs ranking: 23
Access ranking: 15
Outcomes ranking: 3
6. Rhode Island
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Overall score: 62.98
Costs ranking: 4
Access ranking: 24
Outcomes ranking: 10
5. Hawaii
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Overall score: 63.08
Costs ranking: 5
Access ranking: 35
Outcomes ranking: 5
4. Minnesota
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Flag of the US state of Minnesota on a brushed metal backgound
Overall score: 63.35
Costs ranking: 11
Access ranking: 8
Outcomes ranking: 8
3. New Hampshire
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Flag of the US state of New Hampshire on a brushed metal backgound
Overall score: 64.03
Costs ranking: 24
Access ranking: 4
Outcomes ranking: 4
2. Massachusetts
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Overall score: 65.31
Costs ranking: 31
Access ranking: 2
Outcomes ranking: 2
1. Vermont
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Flag of the US state of Vermont on a brushed metal backgound
Overall score: 66.31
Costs ranking: 3
Access ranking: 23
Outcomes ranking: 1
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