Quick Health Facts 2012: Selected State Data on Older Americans provides a snapshot of each state’s health care landscape by providing comparable state-level and national data for over 70 indicators. This report, which is part of a biannual series on state-level data, is designed to reflect current health care priorities, with a particular focus on data that is relevant to the provisions of the recently upheld health care reform legislation. For example:
- The Demographics section presents data on the 50- to 64-year-old population that shows what percentage of the population could be eligible for health insurance premium and cost-sharing assistance starting in 2014.
- In the Medicare section, the number of Medicare Part B beneficiaries who paid an income-related premium in 2008 is an indicator of how many Medicare Part D enrollees could pay an income-related premium.
- The Coverage and Capacity section includes data on private employers that currently offer health care coverage; many employers will be required to offer health insurance starting in 2014.
In some cases, indicators have been broken down into age subsets to highlight the variation among different age groups.
Detailed state-level Medicaid and long-term care data are contained in a separate AARP Public Policy Institute’s series, titled Across the States: Profiles of Long-Term Care and Independent Living. The most recent edition, which provides state-level and national data for more than 140 long-term care-related indicators, is available By clicking here.
This is the 3rd edition of Quick Health Facts. Earlier editions were published in 2008 and 2010. This is the first year that Quick Health Facts incorporates data from the American Community Survey (ACS), resulting in an improvement of the precision of state level estimates. Previous editions relied on data from the Current Population Survey (CPS). As a result of this change, some of the figures in this edition of Quick Health Facts are not directly comparable to the figures in previous editions. In addition, data points presented in Quick Health Facts should not be combined to create new data points, as they are often derived from different data sources. The Quick Health Facts series is adapted from the State Profiles: Reforming the Health Care System series that was published annually from 1990 to 2000 and biennially from 2001 to 2005 by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Quick Health Facts is not a continuation of the State Profiles series; therefore, comparisons should not be made with information contained in past editions of State Profiles.
This publication, as well as state-specific versions, can also be accessed via the Internet at http://www.aarp.org/research/ppi. For hard copies of Quick Health Facts 2012, please call the AARP Public Policy Institute at 202-434-3890.
State Fact Sheets (PDF)