When federal lawmakers agreed in 2010 to pass the Affordable Care Act, they recognized that the U.S. health care system was in desperate straits. Missouri’s health standing is among the lowest of the pack. In 1990, Missouri’s health ranking was 24th in the nation. In 2013, Missouri’s health ranking was 39th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the United Health Foundation.
After those who enrolled begin receiving insurance on Jan. 1, the number of uninsured in the state might decrease. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 50 million Americans, including 807,000 Missourians, were without health insurance coverage in 2011. The majority of Missouri’s uninsured are low-income working adults in blue collar and service industries, according to the Missouri Hospital Association.
Missouri is among the most unhealthy states in the nation, and it provides among the fewest dollars for public health funding. It is in the bottom 10 among all states for stroke, high blood pressure, smoking, premature death, child immunizations, cardiovascular deaths, cancer deaths and public health funding.