5 states with highest, lowest annual healthcare costs associated with food insecurity

Mississippi has the highest healthcare cost per capita associated with food insecurity, while North Dakota has the lowest, according to a study released July 11.

For the analysis, researchers – two of whom are members of Feeding America's Technical Advisory Group – used various data sets to identify the additional healthcare costs associated with food insecurity (compared to costs incurred by adults who can afford access to adequate food) at the state and county levels. This includes 2011-2013 data from the National Health Interview Survey and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2012-2013 data from the Dartmouth Atlas and 2016 data from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2018.

Here are the states with the highest annual healthcare cost per capita associated with food insecurity, based on the study:

1. Mississippi: $243

2. Texas: $223

3. Louisiana: $220

4. Florida: $213

5. Oklahoma: $198

Here are the states with the lowest annual healthcare cost per capita associated with food insecurity:

1. North Dakota: $78

2. Minnesota: $100

3. New Hampshire: $106

4. South Dakota: $117

5. Virginia: $119

Read more about the study here.

 

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