Which states have the highest rates of pre-existing conditions?

New York has the highest rate of pre‐existing conditions for children and adolescents, with the state’s rate of 14.4 per 100,000 adults, according to data released Monday.

Indiana, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma were next with 14.2 and 13.6, respectively.

Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts had 10.7 and 9.9, respectively, according a release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC estimates that between 2013 and 2020, there were 536,000 children under 18 in the United States.

About 14 percent of them have some type of pre­existing condition.

The majority of them live in states where they’re not eligible for free or reduced-price care.

More than 4.1 million of them are in the Northeast.

New York’s rate is higher than the national average, with 9.6 percent of adults with pre‐eminent chronic conditions.

In the South, Arkansas had the highest proportion of children living with pre-eminent conditions, with 8.8 percent.

The states of Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Virginia were next.

Alabama had the lowest proportion of preeminent children, with 6.9 percent.

In all, about 5.7 million people were diagnosed with pre­-existing condition in 2020, the report found.

About 7.2 million of those adults had pre‐established conditions at some point during their lives, according the CDC.

Pre-existing illness can affect an individual’s ability to work, participate in school, access health care and make decisions about their care, the CDC said.

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