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When it comes to taking care of seriously ill patients, the U.S.scores only a 'C'.

This comes from a new report card on the state of palliative care in America.

Palliative care programs help those with chronic illnesses like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer and diabetes -- and counsels patients and their families.

Vermont, New Hampshire and Montana did earn A's in the report -- but Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi got F's.

There are about 90-million Americans suffering from serious illnesses -- and that number is expected to more than double over the next 25 years.

The good news -- more hospitals across the country now have palliative care programs.

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