Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking32+3
Access and Affordability35+7
Prevention and Treatment48+2
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost8+8
Healthy Lives28+8
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)Yes


Total Population713,703322,324,172
Median Household Income$74,057$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)25%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic60%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic3%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic30%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity7%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Primary care spending as share of total, ages 18–64
  • Skilled nursing facility patients with a hospital readmission
  • Medicare spending per beneficiary

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Alcohol deaths
  • Adults without a usual source of care
  • Home health patients without improved mobility

Most Improved Indicators

  • Breast cancer deaths
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care
  • Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI)

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
  • Alcohol deaths
  • Home health patients with a hospital admission

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the West regionGains for Alaska
65,70953,144more adults and children would be insured
31,80231,802fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
47,94744,750more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
2,481620more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
22,85022,850fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
14079fewer 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).