Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking30+5
Access and Affordability390
Prevention and Treatment38+12
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost8+10
Healthy Lives36-3
Medicaid ExpansionYes


Total Population716,592320,842,721
Median Household Income$71,693$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)27%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic61%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic3%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic30%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy7%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Skilled nursing facility patients with a hospital readmission
  • Home health patients with a hospital admission
  • Medicare spending per beneficiary

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Employer-sponsored insurance spending per enrollee
  • Suicide deaths
  • Home health patients without improved mobility

Most Improved Indicators

  • High out-of-pocket medical spending
  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Children without all recommended vaccines

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Adults who are obese
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains Alaska Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the West regionGains for Alaska
78,45872,170more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
21,45021,450fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
37,48331,236more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
2,5161,101more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
19,65418,850fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
12975fewer premature deaths (before age 75) would occur from causes that are potentially treatable or preventable with timely and appropriate care

Estimated impact if this state’s performance improved to the rate of two benchmark levels — a national benchmark set at the level of the best-performing state and a regional benchmark set at the level of the top-performing state in region ( Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, West). Benchmark states have an estimated impact of zero (0).