Browse Tag


Texas Ranks High for In-Home Senior Care

Texas is one of the top states for the number of home health care workers available to residents 75 years or older, according to the recently-released Senior Report from the United Health Foundation’s 2019 America’s Health Rankings.

The report reveals that nationally there are 550,000 more home health care workers than last year – a 21 percent rate increase per 1,000 adults age 75 and older. Medicare decedents’ use of hospice care, which can be provided while living at home, has increased in all 50 states and 48 percent overall since 2013.

Texas is also recognized as a top state for hospice care use and for its low prevalence of smoking.

Overall, the 2019 Senior Report ranks Texas the 40th healthiest state for seniors.

30 Years of America’s Health Rankings
The America’s Health Rankings Annual Report is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. In its 30th year, the Annual Report analyzes a comprehensive set of behaviors, community and environmental conditions, policies, clinical care, and outcomes data to provide a holistic view of the health of the nation.

You can read more about each state’s highlights and challenges, as well as how they rank, by accessing the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report at

2017 America’s Health Rankings Report: Texas Among 10 States With Lowest Smoking Rates and Drug Deaths

Texas ranks well among U.S. states in smoking rates (No. 5) and drug deaths (No. 10), two categories that help rank states as part of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report.

The report, released today, finds Texas’ overall rank at No. 34. Another highlight for the state includes cancer deaths (No. 11). Obesity and lower number of mental health providers are listed as challenges.

Massachusetts ranks as the healthiest state in 2017 for the first time, followed by Hawaii (2), Vermont (3), Utah (4) and Connecticut (5).

To view the full report, visit

UnitedHealthcare Names Chris Abbott CEO of Medicare & Retirement in Texas and Oklahoma

Chris Abbott headshot

UnitedHealthcare has named Chris Abbott chief executive officer of Medicare & Retirement in Texas and Oklahoma.

In his new role, Abbott will oversee the portfolio of Texas’ and Oklahoma’s Medicare plans. Serving one in five beneficiaries nationally, UnitedHealthcare is the nation’s largest business dedicated to the health and well-being of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries.

Abbott has served in a number of executive positions since joining UnitedHealthcare in 2002, including his most recent role as Medicare & Retirement CEO for Wisconsin and Michigan. Notably, Abbott has successfully grown UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans in Wisconsin by expanding health plan options and partnering with some of the state’s largest health care systems to enhance consumers’ choice, care and experience.

Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Abbott spent four years in physician practice management and served as director of operations for support services at the U.S. Air Force’s second largest medical center. Abbott is also a retired chief master sergeant with more than 22 years of active-duty service in intelligence, global operations, military diplomacy, health services administration and the inspector general’s office.

Abbott earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland in psychology, a master’s degree at Troy State University for international relations and a graduate certificate at Central Michigan University for health services administration.