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Commonwealth Fund report: Iowa leads nation in children's health care

A "scorecard" issued today by the Commonwealth Fund shows that Iowa ranks first in the United States in health care for children.

The top five ranked states are Iowa, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The authors of the report say millions more American children would be covered by health insurance, have better access to health care services, and avoid developmental delays if all states performed as well as the leading states.

"All Iowans can be proud of this remarkable accomplishment," said Jean Robillard, M.D., University of Iowa vice president for medical affairs. "This achievement is the result of the commitment, dedication and collaboration of many partners across the state, and we are proud of the contribution of the University of Iowa and our partners across the state to this outstanding ranking."

The report, "U.S. Variations In Child Health System Performance: A State Scorecard," ranked states on 13 indicators for children grouped in categories that include access, quality, costs, equity and healthy outcomes. The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation supporting independent research on health policy reform and a high-performance health system.

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