The non-profit Commonwealth Fund released its annual Scorecard on State Health System Performance this week.
North Carolina fell one spot from last year in the national rankings of 50 states and Washington, D.C. — from 35th in the nation to 34th.
The ranking shows North Carolina making progress on health care disparities (up five points) but slipping in avoidable use and cost of health care and access and affordability (both of which decreased four points in the ranking).
While the state’s most improved indicators included more adults getting annual tests for diabetes and more children who needed mental health care getting it, fewer children are getting medical and dental preventative care and preventable hospitalization for those ages 18-64 has risen.
Both those factors are tied to the health insurance coverage gap. States that have expanded Medicaid eligibility saw improvements in such measurements.
Get the full report and information about methodology here.