Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking11-6
Access and Affordability34-3
Prevention and Treatment31-8
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost20
Healthy Lives5-2
Medicaid ExpansionNo


Total Population3,076,547320,842,721
Median Household Income$71,794$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)27%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic78%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic1%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic7%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy14%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Hospital 30-day readmission rate ages 18-64
  • Adults who smoke
  • Home health patients with a hospital admission

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care
  • Suicide deaths
  • High out-of-pocket medical spending

Most Improved Indicators

  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Diabetic adults without an annual hemoglobin A1c test

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64
  • Hospital 30-day readmission rate ages 18-64
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Rocky Mountain regionGains for Utah
202,72465,289more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
131,88465,942fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
105,85911,762more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
9,6582,972more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
2,1690fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
1800fewer 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).