Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking21+5
Access and Affordability14-2
Prevention and Treatment21-10
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost32+3
Healthy Lives330
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)Yes


Total Population12,605,142322,324,172
Median Household Income$70,917$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)28%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic76%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic10%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic6%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity8%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Alcohol deaths
  • Adults without a usual source of care
  • Adults who went without care because of cost

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Home health patients with a hospital admission
  • Public health funding
  • Drug poisoning deaths

Most Improved Indicators

  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Potentially avoidable emergency department visits ages 18–64
  • Diabetic adults without an annual hemoglobin A1c test

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Drug poisoning deaths
  • Children without a medical home
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18–64

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Mid-Atlantic regionGains for Pennsylvania
386,044357,935more adults and children would be insured
199,45499,727fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
473,833355,375more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
8,0690more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
231,668127,515fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
3,1951,116fewer 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).