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Help for CPS ASEC Users

Types of Health Insurance

  • Chart [PDF - 39k]: Types of health insurance coverage
  • Definitions: definitions of the major types of health insurance

Health Insurance Questions in the CPS ASEC

  • Flow Chart [PDF - 54k]: health insurance questions in sequence. The flow chart shows the sequence of health insurance questions asked during the interview, including the instrument variable name for each question.
  • Questionnaire: a link to the CPS technical documents, including the questionnaire. A facsimile of the supplement questionnaire is included in the technical documentation for each CPS annual supplement since 1999.

Health Insurance Variables in the CPS ASEC

  • Alphabetical Listing: the health insurance variable names as listed on the Public Use Microdata Files. An alphabetical listing of health insurance edited, recoded, and imputation variables, including variable definitions.
  • Flow Chart [PDF - 28k]: major health insurance variables. A chart showing questionnaire items, their edited variables, and the principle recode variables we use to calculate estimates of the number of people uninsured and insured.
  • Data Dictionaries: a link to the CPS technical documents, including the data dictionaries. The technical documentation for each CPS annual supplement includes a data dictionary, which describes the contents and record layout of the public-use computer tape files, including variable names, universes, and values.

Programming Code for Health Insurance Estimates


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Health Insurance |  Last Revised: September 12, 2012