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2.24.06
Science and Health:
Health Care in Perspective
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Health Care Resource Map

NOW's story "The Cure" about Maine's Dirigo health reforms makes note of some of the reasons Maine has relatively high health insurance costs. Maine has an older population than many states. Use the links below to see where your state stacks up on a number of healthcare and insurance fronts. In addition, check to see what health policy reforms are being considered in your state.


Below is a state-by-state listing of health departments. Use these state Web sites to find the names of your local officials and other important information. For example, the State of Maine Health Department lets you file an insurance complaint online. The State of Ohio has a shopper's guide to health insurance.



Alabama
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 21 or more
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 15.5
Alabama Health Facts Profile
Alabama Department of Public Health

Alaska
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: under 12
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 13.5
Alaska Health Facts Profile
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Arkansas
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 21 or more
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 16.7
Arkansas Health Facts Profile
Arkansas Department of Health

Arizona
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 21 or more
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 18.2
Arizona Health Facts Profile
Arizona Department of Health Services

California
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 18.4
California Health Facts Profile
California Department of Health Services

Colorado
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 16.8
Colorado Health Facts Profile
Colorado Department of Family, Health and Wellness

Connecticut
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 10.9
Connecticut Health Facts Profile
Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Washington, D.C.
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 13.5
District of Columbia Health Facts Profile
District of Columbia Department of Health

Delaware
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 21 or more
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 11.8
Delaware Health Facts Profile
Delaware Health and Social Services

Florida
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 19 to 20
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 21 or more
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 18.5
Florida Health Facts Profile
Florida Health and Human Services

Georgia
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 16.6
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 18 to 20
Georgia Health Facts Profile
Georgia Department of Public Health

Hawaii
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 9.9
Hawaii Health Facts Profile
State of Hawaii Department of Health

Iowa
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 10.1
Iowa Health Facts Profile
Healthy Iowans 2010

Idaho
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 17.3
Idaho Health Facts Profile
Idaho Health and Safety

Illinois
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 19
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 14.2
Illinois Health Facts Profile
Illinois Healthcare Department

Indiana
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 13.7
Indiana Health Facts Profile
Indiana Public Health Programs

Kansas
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 10.8
Kansas Health Facts Profile
Kansas Division of Health

Kentucky
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 13.9
Kentucky Health Facts Profile
Kentucky Department for Public Health

Louisiana
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 18.8
Louisiana Health Facts Profile
Louisiana Directory of Citizen Services

Massachusetts
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 10.8
Massachusetts Health Facts Profile
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Maryland
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 14.0
Maryland Health Facts Profile
Maryland Department of Public Health and Safety

Maine
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 10.6
Maine Health Facts Profile
Maine Safety and Health

Michigan
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 11.4
Michigan Health Facts Profile
Michigan Department of Community Health

Minnesota
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 8.5
Minnesota Health Facts Profile
Minnesota Department of Health

Missouri
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 11.7
Missouri Health Facts Profile
Missouri Department of Health

Mississippi
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 17.2
Mississippi Health Facts Profile
Healthcare in Mississippi

Montana
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 17.9
Montana Health Facts Profile
Montana Health Services

North Carolina
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 16.6
North Carolina Health Facts Profile
North Carolina Division of Public Health

North Dakota
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 11.0
North Dakota Health Facts Profile
North Dakota Health Services

Nebraska
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 11.0
Nebraska Health Facts Profile
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

New Hampshire
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 10.6
New Hampshire Health Facts Profile
New Hampshire Department of Health

New Jersey
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 14.4
New Jersey Health Facts Profile
New Jersey Department of Health

New Mexico
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 21.4
New Mexico Health Facts Profile
New Mexico Department of Health

New York
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 15.0
New York Health Facts Profile
New York State Health

Nevada
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 19.1
Nevada Health Facts Profile
Nevada Health Division

Ohio
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 11.8
Ohio Health Facts Profile
Ohio Healthy Lifestyles

Oklahoma
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 19.2
Oklahoma Health Facts Profile
Oklahoma Health Resources

Oregon
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 19
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 16.1
Oregon Health Facts Profile
Oregon Health

Pennsylvania
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 11.5
Pennsylvania Health Facts Profile
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Rhode Island
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 10.5
Rhode Island Health Facts Profile
Rhode Island Department of Health

South Carolina
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 13.8
South Carolina Health Facts Profile
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

South Dakota
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 11.9
South Dakota Health Facts Profile
South Dakota Department of Health Protection

Tennessee
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 12.7
Tennessee Health Facts Profile
Tennessee Health and Wellness

Texas
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 25.1
Texas Health Facts Profile
Texas Department of Health

Utah
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 13.4
Utah Health Facts Profile
Utah Department of Health

Virginia
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 13 to 18
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 13.6
Virginia Health Facts Profile
Virginia Department of Health

Vermont
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: more than 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 10.5
Vermont Health Facts Profile
Vermont Department of Health

Washington
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 14.2
Washington Health Facts Profile
Washington State Department of Health

Wisconsin
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 19
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 10.4
Wisconsin Health Facts Profile
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

West Virginia
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: 13 to 18
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: over 21
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 15.9
West Virginia Health Facts Profile
West Virginia Department of Health

Wyoming
Percent of population 65 and over in 1995: under 12
Percent of population 65 and over in 2025: 19 to 20
Percent of population uninsured in 2002-2004: 15.9
Wyoming Health Facts Profile
Wyoming Department of Health

SOURCES: U.S. Department of the Census and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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