Aiming Higher: Results From a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009

Aiming Higher: Results From a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009

While all states should aim higher with respect to their healthcare performance, without federal reforms to help stem rising costs and provide more affordable coverage, access will likely deteriorate, a new report from the Commonwealth Fund argues. The report, Aiming Higher: Results From a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009 (110 pages, PDF), found that the number of uninsured Americans could climb to 61 million by 2020, with millions more underinsured — an outcome that would exacerbate financial stress for families, overwhelm safety-net providers, and undermine the financial foundation of community health systems. To avoid these issues, the report calls on states and the federal government to work together to ensure affordable access for all Americans and to improve healthcare quality, health outcomes, and efficiency within the system.