Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking34-4
Access and Affordability22+2
Prevention and Treatment27-5
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost29+3
Healthy Lives34-7
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)No


Total Population2,854,559322,324,172
Median Household Income$62,812$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)30%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic76%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic5%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic7%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity12%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Primary care spending as share of total, age 65 and older
  • Hospitals with lower-than-average patient experience ratings
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
  • Public health funding

Most Improved Indicators

  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Children who are overweight or obese
  • Diabetic adults without an annual hemoglobin A1c test

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18–64
  • Hospital 30-day mortality

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Plains regionGains for Kansas
163,177114,917more adults and children would be insured
107,65386,122fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
136,26986,716more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
5,0753,947more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
79,97660,951fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
689689fewer 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).