West Virginia

Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking45+1
Access and Affordability26+3
Prevention and Treatment270
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost51-3
Healthy Lives510
Medicaid ExpansionYes


West VirginiaAverage
Total Population1,787,062320,842,721
Median Household Income$48,335$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)39%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic92%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic4%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic3%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy1%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Uninsured children
  • Adults without all recommended vaccines

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Adults who report fair or poor health
  • Adults who have lost six or more teeth
  • Drug poisoning deaths

Most Improved Indicators

  • Colorectal cancer deaths
  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Uninsured adults

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64
  • Drug poisoning deaths

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains West Virginia Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Southeast regionGains for West Virginia
61,34821,443more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
100,07742,890fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
95,65660,872more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
5,8603,809more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
70,92638,075fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
877449fewer 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).