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May 2, 2014

Still among least healthy

NORMAN — Oklahoma has improved its health rankings slightly in the past few years. You couldn’t tell it by the recent list by a New York health policy group.

The Commonwealth Fund ranked Oklahoma among the nation’s worst in 25 of its 33 indicators. The state ranked among the worst in the number of adults who lack health insurance. That’s not surprising, given the amount of resistance Oklahoma’s governor, insurance commissioner and others put forth on the Affordable Care Act implementation.

The nonprofit fund said Oklahoma improved slightly in the number of children who were uninsured. The state was ranked 50th in the percentage of at-risk adults without a routine doctor visit in the past two years and without a dental visit in the past year.

The fund said Oklahoma’s percentage of adults who smoke dropped three percentage points. The percentage of adults who are obese increased by three points.

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