These are the best and worst places to die in the US, the report reveals

According to a Policygenius report, which lists the best and worst places in the country to die, your end-of-life experiences can vary greatly depending on where you live.

The report gave each state and the District of Columbia a numerical score based on seven factors, including funeral costs and services, green burials, palliative care, Medicare providers, home deaths, and probate abbreviations.

“I think the big benefit of this project is getting people to think about the costs associated with the end of life,” said Logan Sachon, Senior Managing Editor of Research at Policygenius. “Because some of them can be mitigated with planning.”

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“If you look at the top 10 and the bottom 10, there’s no particular thing they all have in common,” Sachon said. “They are all unique in their own way.”

In fact, Vermont, ranked the #1 place to die, was among the most expensive in funeral expenses but scored the highest in palliative care, which focuses on pain relief, management, and emotional support.

Florida, known for its high population of retirees, ranked last with the fewest Medicare providers per capita and fared poorly for at-home deaths and palliative care.

The Best Places to Die in the USA

  1. Vermont
  2. Utah
  3. Idaho
  4. Ohio
  5. South Dakota
  6. Maine
  7. Colorado (tie)
  8. Illinois (tie)
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Washington

Worst Places to Die in America

  1. Florida
  2. Alaska
  3. Texas
  4. Hawaii
  5. new York
  6. Georgia
  7. New Jersey
  8. North Carolina
  9. South Carolina
  10. Connecticut

It’s never too early for older Americans to start preparing for the end of life, Sachon said.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has raised awareness of the need to be proactive, 67% of Americans still don’t have a estate plan, according to senior living placement service

Experts recommend a living will, also known as a living will, that covers your medical care needs. You will also need a Health Care Power of Attorney or a Power of Attorney appointing someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if necessary.

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The report also focuses on each state’s probate process, which determines the cost and time required to process your estate.

As of June 2021, only 17 states and the District of Columbia have an estate or inheritance tax, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Because every state has different laws, a local estate planning attorney can share some options for protecting your wealth and fulfilling your wishes, depending on where you live.

There is no federal estate tax on assets under $12.06 million for individuals in 2022, and with proper planning, married couples can transfer their unused exemption to their surviving spouse, effectively doubling it to $24.12 million.

However, that reverts to an estimated $6 million exemption in 2026 when the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expire. These are the best and worst places to die in the US, the report reveals

Gary B. Graves

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