Health Reform Monitoring Survey, Second Quarter 2014 (ICPSR 36045)

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 sixth round of the survey (second quarter 2014) include self-reported health status, type of and satisfaction with current health insurance coverage, access to and use of health care, health care affordability, awareness of key provisions of the ACA, opinions about the ACA, sources of information about the health plans in the ACA health insurance exchanges (, the importance of various criteria in choosing health insurance plans, whether the respondent enrolled in health insurance through, and how easy or hard it was to use Additional information collected by the survey includes income, employment status, age, education, race, gender, housing type, marital status, home ownership, internet access, ability to read and work with numbers, and sexual orientation. The data file also records whether the respondent reported an ambulatory care sensitive condition or reported a mental or behavioral health condition, and whether the respondent or a family member received unemployment insurance benefits or benefits though the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program, Earned Income Tax Credit, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or child care services or child care assistance from a local welfare agency or case manager.

Series: Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) Series

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Study Description


Holahan, John F., and Sharon K. Long. Health Reform Monitoring Survey, Second Quarter 2014. ICPSR36045-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-05-23.

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This study was funded by:

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

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Affordable Care Act, health, health care access, health care costs, health care reform, health care services, health insurance

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2014-06-03--2014-06-20

Date of Collection:   

  • 2014-06-03--2014-06-20

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 sixth round, specifically, the open-ended response variables, the variables for the Questions TQ46A, TQ46B, and TQ4E to TQ4H, the variables from the questionnaire module on child health and child health care (Questions QS1 to QS31), 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 Stata setup is encoded with UTF-8.

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

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


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 adults in the general national sample and the income and state group oversamples.

Weight:    The HRMS weights reflect the probability of sample selection from the KnowledgePanel and poststratification to the characteristics of nonelderly adults in the United States based on benchmarks from the Current Population Survey and the Pew Hispanic Center Survey. Variables used in the poststratification weighting of the KnowledgePanel and the poststratification weighting of the HRMS include sex, age, race and ethnicity, primary language, education, presence of children in households, household income, family income as a percentage of FPL, homeownership status, internet access, urban or rural status, state group, and census region.

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:   2015-03-09

Version History:

  • 2017-05-23 The principal investigators added a new weight variable to the data file and the technical documentation was updated accordingly.

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