New Mexico

Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking35-5
Access and Affordability40+3
Prevention and Treatment49-12
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost16-8
Healthy Lives42-2
Medicaid ExpansionYes


New MexicoAverage
Total Population2,054,508320,842,721
Median Household Income$48,537$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)41%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic37%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic2%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic12%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy49%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • High out-of-pocket medical spending
  • Home health patients with a hospital admission
  • Medicare spending per beneficiary

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Adults without all recommended cancer screenings
  • Employee insurance costs as a share of median income
  • Alcohol deaths

Most Improved Indicators

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

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Alcohol deaths
  • Children who are overweight or obese
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Southwest regionGains for New Mexico
127,7760more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
93,4250fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
149,64046,762more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
6,396752more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
43,276437fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
492126fewer 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).