AHS-1.1 Increase the proportion of persons with medical insurance

National Data Source
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
83.2 (2008)
Target-Setting Method
Total coverage
Number of persons under age 65 years who report coverage by any type of public or private health insurance
Number of persons under age 65 years
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey:


What kind of health insurance or health care coverage {do/does} {you/subject's name} have?

Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Leading Health Indicator
Access to Health Services


Methodology Notes

Health Care coverage is defined as having any type of health insurance or Health Care plan, including those obtained by employment, direct purchase, and government programs such as Medicare, Medi-Gap, Medicaid, military healthcare/VA, CHAMPUS/TRICARE/CHAMP-VA, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other state-sponsored or government-sponsored health plans. Private plans that only provide cash while hospitalized or only pay for one type of service (e.g., nursing home care, accidents, dental care) are excluded. Persons with Indian Health Service coverage only are considered to have no coverage.

References and More Information

  1. National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2010: With Special Feature on Death and Dying. Hyattsville, MD. 2010.