Population Characteristics: Dental insurance

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7 out of every 10 Minnesotans have dental insurance

Minnesotans' dental insurance status by year

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2011) = 11,355 and (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population. See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

In 2013, 69% or nearly 7 out of every 10 Minnesotans, reported having insurance that paid for their dental care.  This was an increase of two percentage points from 2011.


Older adults more likely to be without dental insurance than other age groups

Minnesotans without dental insurance by age group, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population.  See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Of all age groups, those ages 65 and older (61%) reported higher rates of dental uninsurance, followed by those ages 18 to 34 (29%), ages 35 to 64 (28%), and ages 0 to 17 (18%). 

Dental uninsurance may be due to several factors such as the perception that dental insurance/dental care is not necessary, inability to pay for dental insurance, unemployment, part-time, or other employment that does not offer dental insurance, or sole enrollment in Medicare which does not offer a dental benefit.


Hispanic Minnesotans more likely to be without dental insurance than other race/ethnicities

Minnesotans without dental insurance by race/ethnicity, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population. Each race/ethnicity category includes individuals who report their race/ethnicity alone or in combination with another race/ethnicity. See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Of all race/ethnicities, Hispanic/Latinos (47%) reported the highest rates of dental uninsurance, followed by White/Caucasians (30%), Asians (26%), African American/Blacks (23%), and American Indians (20%).


Minnesotans with less a high school education or less are more likely to be without dental insurance

Minnesotans without dental insurance by education, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population. See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Minnesotans with less than a college degree reported higher rates of dental uninsurance compared to those with a college degree and beyond.


Minnesotans at or below 300% of the federal poverty level more likely to be without dental insurance

Minnesotans without dental insurance by poverty level, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population. Federal Poverty Level is a measure of income issued by the Department of Health and Human Services each year to determine elibility for certain programs and benefits. Those above 400% of the federal poverty level have more income than those at or below 100%. See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Minnesotans at or below 300% of the federal poverty level reported higher rates of dental uninsurance compared to those above 300% of the federal poverty level.


Minnesotans living in isolated small rural towns more likely to be without dental insurance

Minnesotans without dental insurance by urban/rural status, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population. See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Minnesotans who lived in isolated small rural towns (48%) reported higher rates of dental uninsurance, followed by large rural cities and towns (39%), small rural towns (37%), and urban cities (26%). 

For more information: About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data.