States ranked by health insurance literacy rates

Duffy & Duffy, a medical malpractice law firm based in Uniondale, N.Y., surveyed 3,251 individuals across the country in April to determine which states' residents know the most and least about their health plan policies.

Respondents were presented with various acronyms and given a choice of four answers. For example, identifying the meaning of "UCR" or "POS," or "describe what HMO means."

States ranked by health insurance literacy rates:

  1. Wyoming: 77 percent
  2. Kansas: 73 percent
  3. Kentucky: 71 percent
  4. Michigan: 67 percent
  5. Pennsylvania: 66 percent
  6. Hawaii: 66 percent
  7. Indiana: 65 percent
  8. New Hampshire: 64 percent
  9. New Mexico: 64 percent
  10. New Jersey: 63 percent
  11. Delaware: 63 percent
  12. Texas: 63 percent
  13. Washington: 63 percent
  14. Ohio: 62 percent
  15. Illinois: 61 percent
  16. Georgia: 61 percent
  17. Florida: 61 percent
  18. Virginia: 61 percent
  19. West Virginia: 61 percent
  20. Wisconsin: 61 percent
  21. North Carolina: 61 percent
  22. Alaska: 60 percent
  23. Oregon: 60 percent
  24. Colorado: 59 percent
  25. Minnesota: 59 percent
  26. Massachusetts: 58 percent
  27. Alabama: 58 percent
  28. Montana: 58 percent
  29. Nebraska: 57 percent
  30. Connecticut: 56 percent
  31. New York: 56 percent
  32. Arizona: 56 percent
  33. Maryland: 55 percent
  34. California: 54 percent
  35. Louisiana: 54 percent
  36. Missouri: 54 percent
  37. Oklahoma: 54 percent
  38. Tennessee: 54 percent
  39. Idaho: 53 percent
  40. South Dakota: 53 percent
  41. Mississippi: 52 percent
  42. Utah: 52 percent
  43. Iowa: 52 percent
  44. Vermont: 51 percent
  45. Maine: 50 percent
  46. Nevada: 50 percent
  47. North Dakota: 48 percent
  48. Rhode Island: 46 percent
  49. Arkansas: 45 percent
  50. South Carolina: 43 percent

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