New Jersey

Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking16+9
Access and Affordability170
Prevention and Treatment16+13
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost35-1
Healthy Lives10+1
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)Yes


New JerseyAverage
Total Population8,804,517322,324,172
Median Household Income$92,192$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)22%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic55%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic13%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic12%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity21%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Suicide deaths
  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Primary care spending as share of total, age 65 and older
  • Medicare spending per beneficiary
  • Hospitals with lower-than-average patient experience ratings

Most Improved Indicators

  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care
  • Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI)
  • Home health patients without improved mobility

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18–64
  • Drug poisoning deaths

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains New Jersey Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Mid-Atlantic regionGains for New Jersey
382,432361,880more adults and children would be insured
411,464342,887fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
285,492203,923more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
21,18715,134more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
123,70055,023fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
1,4640fewer 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).