Access & Affordability

Affordability Index

Average total family health insurance premium as a share of state median income

About this data measure

  • The Affordability Index measures the average cost of an employer-sponsored health insurance policy as a percentage of median household income. This metric describes the affordability and burden of healthcare costs to employers. (Source: Emanuel, Glickman, and Johnson, 2017)
  • Rhode Island’s Affordability Index has remained below the national average since 2017, and it decreased in 2020, indicating an improvement in affordability.

Measure Source: MEPS-IC (AHRQ) and U.S. Census Bureau, CPS ASEC

Affordability Index over time