New Jersey

Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking20+2
Access and Affordability19+1
Prevention and Treatment22+1
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost30+7
Healthy Lives12+1
Medicaid ExpansionYes


New JerseyAverage
Total Population8,903,054320,842,721
Median Household Income$90,400$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)23%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic55%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic13%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic12%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy21%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Suicide deaths
  • Hospital 30-day mortality

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Medicare spending per beneficiary
  • Hospitals with lower-than-average patient experience ratings
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care

Most Improved Indicators

  • Adults with any mental illness who did not receive treatment
  • Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI)
  • Home health patients without improved mobility

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
  • Drug poisoning deaths
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains New Jersey Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Mid-Atlantic regionGains for New Jersey
441,194344,548more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
419,014279,343fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
285,240244,491more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
22,63212,070more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
92,03218,306fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
1,5510fewer 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).