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United Health Foundation Releases 5th Annual America’s Health Rankings Report on Senior Health

June 6, 2017

United Health Foundation recently released the fifth annual America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report. Accompanying this report, and in partnership with the Alliance for Aging Research, the Foundation also released a new analysis on current and future seniors’ preparedness for health care costs in retirement.

Among the key findings:

  • Seniors are seeing notable improvements in care quality and outcomes since 2013, including declines in preventable hospitalizations, hospital readmissions, and hospital deaths. 
  • Approximately three out of four non-retired adults age 50-64, and 62 percent of retired seniors age 65+ have less in total retirement savings than what experts recommend saving for health care costs alone.
  • Half of retired seniors age 65+ and 36 percent of non-retired adults age 50-64 are unsure about how much to save to cover both anticipated as well as unexpected health care costs.

  • Minnesota ranks as the healthiest state for seniors, followed by Utah (2), Hawaii (3), Colorado (4), and New Hampshire (5). Mississippi ranks as the state with the greatest opportunity for improvement in 2017, followed by Kentucky (49), Oklahoma (48), Louisiana (47), and Arkansas (46). 

Please refer to the America’s Health Rankings website for additional tools, resources, and data. Contact your UnitedHealthcare representative with questions.