State Health Access Profile: A Chartbook of Health Care Access Indicators for States

This easy-to-navigate interactive chartbook offers a quick look at key state data and allows comparisons with up to two other states.

    • April 2, 2008

Who is insured? What percentage of employers in a state offer health insurance? Who could get medical care if they needed it?

The State Health Access Profile answers those questions, and many more, on a state-by-state basis. The chartbook is published annually by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), with support from RWJF.

The chartbook assembles a broad set of health care access measures for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. SHADAC researchers go beyond indicators of health insurance coverage to identify and assemble indicators that measure state resources that enable access to health care for residents. Unlike other sources, the State Health Access Profile includes 14 measures that: (1) have underpinnings in the theoretical or empirical literature; (2) are readily available in the 50 states and the District of Columbia; and (3) are likely to be provided consistently in the future.

This interactive chart, which draws upon the SHADAC findings, presents key state-by-state indicators, and allows users to compare the results of one state with up to two others.