Modeling the “What Ifs?” in State Health System Performance

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<p>How much would your state stand to gain if its health care system performed as well as those of the leading states, or even the best one? How many more residents would have health insurance? How many fewer adults would smoke, reducing their chances of developing heart and lung disease?</p><p>Following the release of our <em>Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2015 Edition</em>, we updated an interactive tool that allows users to see the impact of reaching health goals that other states have been able to achieve.</p>
<p>In a companion blog post, Commonwealth Fund researchers Douglas McCarthy, David Radley, and Susan L. Hayes show what would happen if states that haven’t yet expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, for example, were to increase their overall insured rate for adults to Kentucky’s level. Kentucky’s adult uninsured rate in 2014 was the average of all the expansion states.</p> Learn more