The first-ever health system performance scorecard focusing on low-income Americans documents sharp disparties between states in the health and health care of the 39 percent of Americans with incomes less than twice the federal poverty level.
Health care access, cost, quality, and outcomes can vary greatly from one community to the next—both within states and across states—depending on the performance of the health care system available to residents, according to this report from the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.
The first-ever Scorecard of State Performance on Long-Term Services and Supports finds wide variation in care and support for older adults and people with disabilities. The scorecard was published jointly by AARP's Public Policy Institute, The Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation.
This Commonwealth Fund state-by-state scorecard evaluating how the health care system is working for children finds that federal and state action on behalf of children has helped preserve, and even expand, health coverage for this group, despite the severe recession. Yet across the states, wide differences persist in coverage rates, the affordability of health care, children's receipt of preventive care and treatment, and their opportunity to lead healthy lives.
The cost and quality of health care, as well as access to care and health outcomes, continue to vary widely among states, according to the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System's second state scorecard report. The states that led in the first state scorecard, released in 2007, generally continued to lead, often setting new benchmarks and widening the gap between leading and lagging states.