Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking9-3
Access and Affordability32-1
Prevention and Treatment28-3
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost3-1
Healthy Lives50
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)No


Total Population3,135,732322,324,172
Median Household Income$75,070$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)26%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic78%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic1%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic7%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity14%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Colorectal cancer deaths
  • Adults who smoke
  • Home health patients with a hospital admission

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Suicide deaths
  • High out-of-pocket medical spending
  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need

Most Improved Indicators

  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Potentially avoidable emergency department visits ages 18–64
  • Home health patients without improved mobility

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18–64
  • Hospital 30-day readmission rate ages 18–64

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Rocky Mountain regionGains for Utah
203,76355,850more adults and children would be insured
132,42266,211fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
118,5580more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
7,392739more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
8,1270fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
29572fewer 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).