The odds of having a premature baby are 12.2% in Kansas.
A March of Dimes report released Tuesday mapped the stark state-by-state disparities in what it called a "report card" on prematurity — to track progress toward meeting a federal goal of lowering preterm births.
Kansas ranked in the middle of the states.
The government's goal: No more than 7.6% of babies born before completion of the 37th week of pregnancy.
The report found a link between prematurity and high rates of smoking and a lack of insurance.
In Kansas, 17% of women of childbearing age lack insurance and 19.8% of them smoke.