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sad piggy bank According to the study, “Health care affordability problems cause stress and anxiety for families, crowd out other critical family spending, and lead to poorer and less equitable health outcomes,” (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new study from consulting firm Altarum finds that states are falling short in the area of improving health care affordability. The study outlines a range of steps that could improve coverage and affordability of health care, at a time when coverage has improved but affordability remains a challenge.

The Health Care Affordability State Policy Scorecard ranks 42 states and the District of Columbia (lack of data kept some states from being ranked), and found that Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Minnesota, and New York made up top five states for affordability. Nevada, Idaho, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Mississippi ranked the lowest.

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