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Access to Health Services

Health insurance coverage is important for the achievement of health equity and for increasing the quality of life for everyone. People with health insurance are more likely to have a usual primary care provider, which has been associated with greater trust in the provider and an increased likelihood that patients will receive appropriate care. 

Persons with Health Insurance by Educational Attainment, 2014 

For persons aged 25–64 years, the health insurance rate for those with an advanced degree was higher than the rate for those without a high school education. 

Advanced degree: 96.6%

Less than high school: 64.0%

Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NCHS), CDC/NCHS.

Persons with a Usual Primary Care Provider by Health Insurance Status, 2012

For persons aged less than 65 years, the rate of having a usual primary care provider for those with public insurance was twice that for uninsured persons.

Uninsured: 40.2%

Private insurance: 79.4%

Public insurance: 81.8%

Data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ. 

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020 TARGETS

Persons with Health Insurance 

In 2014, 86.7% of people aged less than 65 years had health insurance.

Most recent (2014): 86.7% 

Healthy People 2020 Target: 100% 

15.3% increase needed.

Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.

Persons with a Usual Primary Care Provider

In 2012, 76.5% of people had a usual primary care provider.

Most recent (2012): 76.5%

Healthy People 2020 Target: 83.9% 

9.7% increase needed.

Data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ.