Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking300
Access and Affordability23-1
Prevention and Treatment290
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost35-1
Healthy Lives27-4
Medicaid ExpansionNo


Total Population2,856,162320,842,721
Median Household Income$61,177$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)30%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic76%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic5%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic7%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy12%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Hospitals with lower-than-average patient experience ratings
  • Drug poisoning deaths
  • Children without all recommended vaccines

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Home health patients with a hospital admission
  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication

Most Improved Indicators

  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
  • Children without all recommended vaccines
  • Home health patients without improved mobility

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Adults with any mental illness who did not receive treatment
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64
  • Hospital 30-day mortality

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Plains regionGains for Kansas
159,888112,346more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
86,72486,724fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
123,25361,626more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
5,1652,870more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
64,85842,738fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
688688fewer 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 (www.bea.gov: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, West). Benchmark states have an estimated impact of zero (0).