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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah health officials say the state's health maintenance organizations lag behind the rest of the nation in areas of children's and women's health.
However, the health department's annual performance report says Utah's H-M-Os are above the national average in access by adults to preventive care and blood-sugar control in people with diabetes.
Utah's H-M-Os also have a lower Caesarean section delivery rate than the rest of the nation.
Utah H-M-Os scored lower than the national average for children and adolescents' health maintenance and childhood immunizations.
But health officials say childhood immunizations in Utah have improved in the past year, with just over two-thirds of all children covered by commercial H-M-Os receiving all the recommended immunizations.
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