As COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out across the country, health care remains a primary worry for most Americans. Consumers for Quality Care surveyed 1,200 registered voters in late January and found several demographics shared similar concerns: Receiving surprise bills, undergoing low-quality care that would lead to complications, and needing to delay care because of high out-of-pocket expenses. "Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about being able to afford health care in this country," the report's authors wrote, "and the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis and its resulting economic pain has only heightened this anxiety, especially when it comes to deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs."

Some states in the nation, however, are meeting their citizens' health needs better than others, as the latest report from U.S. News reveals.

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Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.