A look at the states with the highest and lowest projected impacts of climate change on human health.
| The Hill article The states with high projected impacts include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.
These states are home to the majority of the nation’s coal-fired power plants, which emit greenhouse gases.
The other states with higher projected impacts are Alaska, California and Wyoming.
The top five states with projected impacts on health are: Alaska, Utah and West Virginia.
The bottom five states for health are Texas, North Carolina, Arizona and Missouri.
The states at the top of the list with the lowest projected health impacts are: California, Maine and Vermont.
The nation’s most vulnerable states have high projected health costs and low projected impacts, but those states have a higher rate of uninsured than the U.S. population.
Health spending in these states has grown significantly in recent years as the economy has improved and the Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage and access to health care.
In fact, in 2020, California accounted for more than half of the states health spending, with Alaska second and Utah third.
The largest share of state health spending is going to health insurance, and that is expected to continue as the ACA is implemented.