Rhode Island

Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking7+9
Access and Affordability3+10
Prevention and Treatment5+15
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost26-3
Healthy Lives11+14
Medicaid ExpansionYes


Rhode IslandAverage
Total Population1,044,426320,842,721
Median Household Income$71,289$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)27%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic72%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic5%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic7%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy15%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Adults without a usual source of care
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care
  • High out-of-pocket medical spending

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Drug poisoning deaths
  • Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI)
  • Diabetic adults without an annual hemoglobin A1c test

Most Improved Indicators

  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
  • Diabetic adults without an annual hemoglobin A1c test
  • Uninsured adults

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Adults who are obese
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64
  • Home health patients with a hospital admission

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains Rhode Island Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the New England regionGains for Rhode Island
15,62515,625more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
33,60325,202fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
9,9279,927more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
1,4041,404more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
19,89010,297fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
134104fewer 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).