Health care isn't far from anyone's thoughts these days, what with the still-raging debate over various provisions of the Affordable Care Act and the current administration continuing to do all it can to hamstring its progress has meant in terms of broader, better coverage for many Americans.

With that in mind, the results of the Commonwealth Fund's 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance offers some enlightening insights into how the country is doing with regard to the health care available to its citizens. Evaluating data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, researchers looked not only at health challenges facing the states, but also how they're doing in coping.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.