Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking6+4
Access and Affordability24+1
Prevention and Treatment6+19
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost4+1
Healthy Lives6+3
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)Yes


Total Population5,604,602322,324,172
Median Household Income$76,742$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)25%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic68%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic4%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic7%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity22%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Adults who are obese
  • Hospitals with lower-than-average patient experience ratings
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18–64

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Adults without a usual source of care
  • Alcohol deaths
  • Suicide deaths

Most Improved Indicators

  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care
  • Adults with any mental illness who did not receive treatment
  • Home health patients without improved mobility

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Adults without all recommended vaccines
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18–64

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Rocky Mountain regionGains for Colorado
261,6490more adults and children would be insured
217,01086,804fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
251,6920more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
8,7040more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
85,31668,433fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
3950fewer 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).