Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking9+3
Access and Affordability31-5
Prevention and Treatment10+7
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost50
Healthy Lives10-3
Medicaid ExpansionYes


Total Population5,516,225320,842,721
Median Household Income$74,828$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)25%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic68%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic4%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic6%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy22%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Adults who are obese
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64
  • Hospitals with lower-than-average patient experience ratings

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • High out-of-pocket medical spending
  • Suicide deaths
  • Alcohol deaths

Most Improved Indicators

  • Uninsured children
  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Diabetic adults without an annual hemoglobin A1c test

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Hospital 30-day readmission rate ages 18-64
  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Rocky Mountain regionGains for Colorado
247,8780more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
213,60785,443fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
202,4930more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
8,6730more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
74,38969,814fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
424106fewer 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).