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Gov. Ricketts Comments on Nebraska’s Improved Standing in National Healthcare Ranking

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Eric Maher, 402-471-1974



LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts welcomed news that Nebraska has improved to seventh in the nation in the Mercatus Center’s Healthcare Openness and Access Project (HOAP) rankings.  Previously, Nebraska had ranked 12th among all states.


“From occupational licensing reform to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska is a leader in healthcare,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Whether it is business plans for the Department of Health and Human Services or Senator Riepe’s work around direct primary care, we will continue to look for opportunities to deliver better service and expand options for consumers.”


Nebraska was given a score of 3.67 out of 5.  The national average is a 3.24.  The overall score is a composite of 10 distinct categories.  Of these categories, Nebraska scores the highest in public health, medical liability, and occupational regulation.  Nebraska’s full score information is available here.  The entire Mercatus study is available here.