Economic Burden by State and Age
We estimated the state burden results by allocating total cost on the basis of state population for each age group. Our analysis does not include any state-specific unit cost or utilization estimates; therefore the state breakdown of costs is a function of the states’ population within each age group. We identified state populations for the age groups 0-17, 18-39, 40-64, and 65 and older based on the 2010 U.S. census data. We then divided the burden estimate by age by the 2010 total US population for that age group to derive per-person costs for each age group. We then multiplied these per-person costs by the state population costs for each age group. Table 15.3 lists the economic burden estimate for each state and the District of Columbia.