Increase the proportion of people with dental insurance — AHS‑02 Data Methodology and Measurement

About the National Data


Baseline: 70.3 percent of persons under 65 years had dental insurance in 2019

Target: 75.0 percent

Number of persons under 65 years who report coverage by any type of public or private dental insurance.
Number of persons under 65 years.
Target-setting method
Percentage point improvement
Target-setting method details
Percentage point improvement from the baseline using Cohen's h effect size of 0.10.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were not available for this objective. A percentage point improvement was calculated using Cohen's h effect size of 0.1. This method was used because it is consistent with the current national priority of increasing access to dental care for Americans. The Healthy People 2030 Workgroup Subject Matter Experts viewed this as an ambitious yet achievable target.


Comparable HP2020 objective
Retained, which includes core objectives that are continuing from Healthy People 2020 with no change in measurement.
Revision History

In 2022, due to the 2019 NHIS redesign, the baseline was revised from 54.4% in 2018 to 70.5% in 2019. The target setting method was revised from Projection to Percentange Point Improvement. The target was revised from 59.8% to 75.0%.