Health Reform Monitoring Survey, Second Quarter 2013 (ICPSR 35623)

Principal Investigator(s): Holahan, John F., Urban Institute; Long, Sharon K., Urban Institute


In January 2013, the Urban Institute launched the Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS), a quarterly survey of the nonelderly population, to explore the value of cutting-edge, Internet-based survey methods to monitor the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before data from federal government surveys are available. Topics covered by the second round of the survey (second quarter 2013) include self-reported health status, type of and satisfaction with current health insurance coverage, access to and use of health care, health care affordability, whether the respondent considered purchasing or tried to purchase health insurance coverage directly from an insurance company, whether the respondent considered obtaining coverage through Medicaid or other government sponsored assistance plan based on income or disability, sources of information about health insurance, and the importance of various criteria in choosing a health insurance plan. Additional information collected by the survey includes age, education, race, Hispanic origin, gender, income, household size, housing type, marital status, employment status, number of employees at place of work, United States citizenship, smoking, internet access, home ownership, body mass index, sexual orientation, and whether the respondent reported an ambulatory care sensitive condition or a mental or behavioral condition.

Series: Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) Series

Access Notes

  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the restricted-use data. A login is required to apply.

    As explained in the ICPSR Processing notes in the codebook, ICPSR restricted three variables from general dissemination for reasons of confidentiality. Users interested in obtaining the restricted data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to the restricted data through the ICPSR restricted data contract portal, which can be accessed via the study home page.

    Any public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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Study Description


Holahan, John F., and Sharon K. Long. Health Reform Monitoring Survey, Second Quarter 2013. ICPSR35623-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-06-20.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (71390)
  • Ford Foundation
  • Urban Institute

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    health, health care access, health care costs, health care reform, health care services, health insurance

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2013-06-27--2013-07-24

Date of Collection:   

  • 2013-06-27--2013-07-24

Universe:    Household population aged 18-64.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The principal investigators did not provide many of the variables collected in the second round, specifically, the open-ended response variables, the variables from the questionnaire module on child health and child health care (Questions QS1 to QS32), and many variables from the KnowledgePanel profile questionnaire.

The Stata version of the data file, which is the original data format provided by the principal investigators, is declared as multiple imputation data (mi set).

The record layout file and Stata setup apply to both the public- and restricted-use plain text versions of the data file.

Additional information about this survey is available on the HRMS Web site.


Sample:    Each quarterly HRMS sample is drawn from the KnowledgePanel, a probability-based, nationally representative Internet panel maintained by GfK Custom Research. Beginning with the second quarter of 2013, the HRMS includes oversamples of adults with family incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level and adults from selected state groups based on (1) the potential for gains in insurance coverage in the state under the ACA as estimated by the Urban Institute's microsimulation model and (2) states of specific interest to the HRMS funders. Additional funders have supported oversamples of adults from individual states or subgroups of interest (including children). However, ICPSR received data only for the adults in the general national sample and the income and state group oversamples.

Mode of Data Collection:    web-based survey

Response Rates:    The HRMS response rate is roughly five percent each quarter.

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2015-01-08

Version History:

  • 2017-06-20 The principal investigators added a new weight variable to the data file and the technical documentation was updated accordingly.
  • 2015-03-23 The principal investigators deleted the multiple imputation variables _1_famsize, _2_famsize, _3_famsize, _4_famsize and _5_famsize. ICPSR revised the codebook accordingly and added to the collection a plain text version of the data with a Stata setup and record layout file.

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