A knot of eight Eastern Kentucky counties had the greatest decline in life expectancy in the United States from 1980 to 2014. In other words, babies born in those counties today are expected, on average, to live shorter lives than their parents, based on recent death certificates. That was true in only five other counties: two in Alabama and one each in Oklahoma, Mississippi and Tennessee.
(Interactive U.S. Health Map by University of Wisconsin Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows that death rates in Breathitt County, Kentucky, are well above the national average. The interactive map can be viewed here.)
reports for The Washington Post. Researchers "said the quality and availability of that health care—for example, access to screening for signs of cancer—has a significant effect on health outcomes."