West Virginia

Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking47+2
Access and Affordability33+1
Prevention and Treatment25+8
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost51-2
Healthy Lives510
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)Yes


West VirginiaAverage
Total Population1,776,834322,324,172
Median Household Income$48,629$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)38%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic92%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic4%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic3%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity1%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Adults without all recommended vaccines
  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Uninsured children

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Colorectal cancer deaths
  • Drug poisoning deaths
  • Adults who have lost six or more teeth

Most Improved Indicators

  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Children without all recommended vaccines
  • Diabetic adults without an annual hemoglobin A1c test

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18–64
  • Drug poisoning deaths

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains West Virginia Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Southeast regionGains for West Virginia
59,59910,372more adults and children would be insured
113,14828,287fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
85,37842,689more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
3,4152,562more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
84,08048,297fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
900473fewer 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).