Aiming Higher: Results From the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance 2017 Edition

Aiming Higher: Results From the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance 2017 Edition

Nearly all state health systems showed improvement between 2013 and 2015 on a broad array of performance indicators, including widespread and unprecedented gains in access to care, a study by the Commonwealth Fund finds. According to Aiming Higher: Results From the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance 2017 Edition, states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act saw greater declines in uninsured rates for adults and children and in the share of adults who reported forgoing care due to costs. The annual scorecard ranked Vermont, Minnesota, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts at the top in terms of overall performance, while Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama ranked at the bottom. And of the states ranked in the top fifteen, all but one were Medicaid expansion states, compared with only four of those ranked in the bottom fifteen.