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AHS-1.1 Data Details

AHS-1.1 Increase the proportion of persons with medical insurance Leading Health Indicators

Leading Health Indicators are a subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues.

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

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 you/does ALIAS] have? INCLUDE those that pay for only one type of service (nursing home care, accidents, or dental care). EXCLUDE private plans that only provide cash while hospitalized.

  1. Private health insurance
  2. Medicare
  3. Medigap
  4. Medicaid
  5. SCHIP (CHIP/Children’s Health Insurance Program)
  6. Military health care (TRICARE/VA/CHAMP-VA)
  7. Indian Health Service
  8. State-sponsored health plan
  9. Other government program
  10. Single Service plan (e.g., dental, vision, prescription)
  11. No coverage of any type
  12. Refused
  13. Don’t know
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.


Additional resources about the objective.

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