Massachusetts Health Reform Survey, 2013 (ICPSR 36037)

Principal Investigator(s): Long, Sharon, Urban Institute


This data collection comprises data from the seventh round of the Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS), a survey which has been conducted since 2006 to monitor and understand the state's health care system. Topics covered by the survey include health insurance status; specific types of health insurance coverage held by the survey respondents; insurance premiums and covered services for those with insurance; access to and use of health care; out-of-pocket health care costs and medical debt; health and disability status; and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

Series: Massachusetts Health Reform Survey Series

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    As explained in the ICPSR Processing Notes in the codebook, some variables are restricted from general dissemination for reasons of confidentiality. Users interested in obtaining the restricted variables 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 restricted variables through the ICPSR restricted data contract portal.

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Study Description


Long, Sharon. Massachusetts Health Reform Survey, 2013. ICPSR36037-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-04-24.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (70911)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

Scope of Study

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

Geographic Coverage:    Massachusetts

Time Period:   

  • 2013-09--2013-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 2013-09--2013-12

Universe:    Adults aged 19-64 in Massachusetts households with a landline telephone and/or cellphone.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For more information about the survey methodology see:

David Dutwin, Susan Sherr, Sharon K. Long, and Tim Triplett. The Massachusetts Health Reform Survey: Methodology Report. Social Science Research Solutions and the Urban Institute. November 2014.


Sample:    Households were selected using stratified random-digit dialing. One respondent was randomly selected from each eligible household. Low and moderate income adults were oversampled.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

Response Rates:    30.4 percent

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:   2015-04-24

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