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California Gets Lousy Marks For Women’s Health

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Aired 12/13/10

A new report card on women's health shows California has plenty of room for improvement. The state received failing grades in a number of categories.

— A new report card on women's health shows California has plenty of room for improvement. The state received failing grades in a number of categories.

The report card comes from the National Women's Law Center. It grades and ranks states on 26 different measures of health status.

California got an "F" for the 22 percent of women who don't have health insurance. It also got lousy marks for obesity, health eating, and for the percentage of women who haven't had a pap smear in the past three years.

The report says the state needs to do a better job managing chronic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

California ranked 12th in this year's report, just behind Nebraska.

Among women nationwide, screening rates for colorectal cancer are up, and smoking rates are down.

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