Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking45+5
Access and Affordability43+3
Prevention and Treatment48-1
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost47+4
Healthy Lives470
Medicaid ExpansionYes


Total Population4,580,488320,842,721
Median Household Income$50,559$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)41%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic59%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic32%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic4%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy5%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Adults with inappropriate lower back imaging
  • Uninsured children
  • Alcohol deaths

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Medicare spending per beneficiary
  • Adults without a dental visit
  • Employee insurance costs as a share of median income

Most Improved Indicators

  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Uninsured adults
  • Home health patients without improved mobility

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64
  • Adults without all recommended vaccines
  • Employee insurance costs as a share of median income

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Southeast regionGains for Louisiana
238,748134,489more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
308,710171,506fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
164,23682,118more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
16,1829,889more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
132,09256,776fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
3,0101,917fewer 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).