10 States With the Worst Health Care for Retirees

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As we age and need more medical services, finding a place to live with great health care becomes a bigger priority.

Recently, WalletHub ranked the U.S. states with the best health care for retirees. The list was based on 47 factors. You can find out more in our story “These 10 States Offer Retirees the Best Health Care.”

Unfortunately, some states didn’t fare quite as well. Following are the states with the worst health care for retirees, according to WalletHub’s analysis.

50. Alabama

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First, the good news: Alabama is the most affordable state for retirees, with the lowest adjusted cost of living in the U.S., according to WalletHub.

But the bad news is that Alabama finishes dead last for health care services. Before retiring to the Yellowhammer State, you will have to decide if you are willing to accept potentially less robust care in exchange for lower day-to-day living expenses.

49. West Virginia

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Much like Alabama, West Virginia is an affordable place to live, ranking No. 3 among all the states on that metric. But health care services get poor marks in the Mountain State.

48. Mississippi

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Mississippi ranks low on the health care list, but its affordability ranking does not match either Alabama or West Virginia.

The Magnolia State is No. 10 in affordability, meaning other states — including Delaware, South Carolina and Wyoming, to name just three — offer a lower cost of living and better health care.

The rest of the 10 worst states

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Rounding out the top 10 states that rank among the worst for health care — are:

  • 47. Louisiana
  • 46. Kentucky
  • 45. Tennessee
  • 44. Arkansas
  • 43. Oklahoma
  • 42. Georgia
  • 41. Nevada

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