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Low-Income Population Scorecard

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2010-2011 OVERALL RANKING
(out of 51)

  • Quintile
  • Rank
  • Access & Affordability 1 1
  • Prevention & Treatment 1 3
  • Potentially Avoidable Hospital Use 3 28
  • Healthy Lives 2 17

Estimated Impact of Improvement: (if this STATE improved to the level of the best-performing STATE)

0

more insured adults.

0

more older adults would receive preventive care.

4,179

fewer hospitalizations for potentially preventable conditions.

Number of Indicators for which this state ranked in the:
  • Top 5 9
  • Top Quartile 13
  • 2nd Quartile 10
  • 3rd Quartile 6
  • Bottom Quartile 1
  • Bottom 5 0
Demographics:
  • Total Population 6,569,656
  • Median Income $70,485
  • Percent of Population at or Below 100% of Poverty 15%
  • Percent of Population at or Below 200% of Poverty 32%
  • Percent with a High School Degree or Less 35%
  • Dimension and Indicator
  • Year
  • All-State Median
  • State Rate
  • State Rate
  • All-State Median
  • Best State
  • State Rank
  • Compare to other States
  • Access & Affordability
  •  
  • Total State Population
  • Low-Income Population
  •  
  • Percent of adults ages 19–64 uninsured
  • 2010 – 2011
  • 19
  • 6
  • 12
  • 38
  • 12
  • 1
  • Percent of children ages 0–18 uninsured
  • 2010 – 2011
  • 8
  • 3
  • 6
  • 13
  • 5
  • 4
  • Percent of adults who went without care because of cost in the past year
  • 2011
  • 16
  • 10
  • 16
  • 29
  • 16
  • 3
  • Percent of individuals with high out-of-pocket medical spending relative to their annual household income
  • 2010 – 2011
  • 16
  • 10
  • 31
  • 35
  • 25
  • 5
  • Percent of adults without a dentist, dental hygienist, or dental clinic visit in the past year
  • 2010
  • 30
  • 19
  • 30
  • 46
  • 30
  • 2
  • Prevention & Treatment
  •  
  • Total State Population
  • Low-Income Population
  •  
  • Percent of adults age 50 and older who received recommended screening and preventive care
  • 2010
  • 44
  • 54
  • 42
  • 32
  • 42
  • 1
  • Percent of adults with a usual source of care
  • 2011
  • 79
  • 88
  • 86
  • 75
  • 88
  • 3
  • Percent of children with a medical home
  • 2011 – 2012
  • 57
  • 63
  • 48
  • 47
  • 60
  • 17
  • Percent of children with both a medical and dental preventive care visit in the past year
  • 2011 – 2012
  • 69
  • 79
  • 71
  • 62
  • 79
  • 3
  • Percent of Medicare beneficiaries who received at least one drug that should be avoided in the elderly
  • 2010
  • 24
  • 15
  • 17
  • 28
  • 17
  • 1
  • Percent of Medicare beneficiaries with dementia, hip/pelvic fracture, or chronic renal failure who received a prescription in an ambulatory care setting that is contraindicated for that condition
  • 2010
  • 19
  • 15
  • 21
  • 26
  • 16
  • 9
  • Percent of patients hospitalized for heart failure or pneumonia who received recommended care
  • 10 / 2010 – 09 / 2011
  • 96
  • 97
  • 96
  • 96
  • 98
  • 27
  • Percent of surgical patients who received appropriate care to prevent complications
  • 10 / 2010 – 09 / 2011
  • 98
  • 98
  • 98
  • 98
  • 99
  • 18
  • Risk-adjusted 30-day mortality among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia
  • 07 / 2009 – 06 / 2011
  • 13
  • 11
  • 12
  • 12
  • 11
  • 6
  • Percent of hospitalized patients given information about what to do during their recovery at home
  • 10 / 2010 – 09 / 2011
  • 83
  • 86
  • 85
  • 83
  • 90
  • 12
  • Percent of patients who reported hospital staff always managed pain well, responded when needed help to get to bathroom or pressed call button, and explained medicines and side effects
  • 10 / 2010 – 09 / 2011
  • 66
  • 65
  • 63
  • 64
  • 75
  • 34
  • Potentially Avoidable Hospital Use
  •  
  • Total State Population
  • Low-Income Population
  •  
  • Hospital admissions for pediatric asthma, per 100,000 children
  • 2008
  • 116
  • 182
  • 276
  • 160
  • 56
  • 32
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalizations from respiratory disease among adults, per 100,000
  • 2008
  • 672
  • 719
  • 1,068
  • 1,002
  • 400
  • 29
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalizations from complications of diabetes among adults, per 100,000
  • 2008
  • 187
  • 170
  • 325
  • 300
  • 149
  • 25
  • Hospital admissions among Medicare beneficiaries for ambulatory care–sensitive conditions, per 100,000 beneficiaries
  • 2011
  • 5477
  • 6,554
  • 10,432
  • 10929
  • 5623
  • 22
  • Potentially avoidable emergency department visits among Medicare beneficiaries, per 1,000 beneficiaries
  • 2011
  • 183
  • 218
  • 334
  • 337
  • 218
  • 23
  • Medicare 30-day hospital readmissions as a percent of admissions
  • 2011
  • 18
  • 20
  • 22
  • 21
  • 15
  • 34
  • Percent of long-stay nursing home residents hospitalized within a six-month period
  • 2010
  • 19
  • 17
  • 17
  • 19
  • 7
  • 19
  • Percent of short-stay nursing home residents readmitted within 30 days of hospital discharge to nursing home
  • 2010
  • 20
  • 19
  • 19
  • 20
  • 12
  • 19
  • Healthy Lives
  •  
  • Total State Population
  • Low-Income Population
  •  
  • Years of potential life lost before age 75 among adults age 25 and over
  • 2008 – 2010
  • 7916
  • 6,249
  • 11,362
  • 12,725
  • 9,466
  • 13
  • Infant mortality, deaths per 1,000 live births
  • 2006 – 2008
  • 7.5
  • 5
  • 7
  • 8.2
  • 5.5
  • 10
  • Percent of adults who smoke
  • 2011
  • 21
  • 18
  • 28
  • 30
  • 17
  • 13
  • Percent of adults ages 18–64 who are obese (BMI >= 30)
  • 2011
  • 28
  • 23
  • 31
  • 34
  • 26
  • 18
  • Percent of adults ages 18–64 who report fair/poor health, 14 bad mental health days, or activity limitations
  • 2010
  • 34
  • 31
  • 48
  • 47
  • 36
  • 31
  • Percent of adults ages 18–64 who have lost six or more teeth because of tooth decay, infection, or gum disease
  • 2010
  • 9
  • 8
  • 15
  • 16
  • 8
  • 21

Source

Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations, 2013

Notes

Refer to Appendix B3 in the Scorecard for indicator descriptions, data sources, and other notes about methodology.