This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).
Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics
The purpose of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is to obtain information about the amount and distribution of illness, its effects in terms of disability and chronic impairments, and the kinds of health services people receive. This supplement includes variables from the NHIS core Person File (see NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1996 [ICPSR 2661]), including sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. The 1996 Health Insurance questionnaire was administered throughout the full year with the exception of the last three weeks of December. Respondents answered for all members of the household. Variables included in the supplement cover type of health care coverage (Medicare, Medicaid, military/CHAMPUS/CHAMP-VA, public assistance, private insurance), characteristics of the private insurance reported by the respondent (choice of doctor, source of coverage, employer subsidies for premiums, fee-for-service plans, Health Maintenance Organization [HMO] status, HMO type, HMO enrollment size, plan code list), and individual coverage status. Also covered were problems concerning denial or restriction of coverage, "job lock" due to insurance, reasons household members were not covered by insurance (either currently or within the past year) and for how long, and out-of-pocket expenses in the past year for medical services not covered.
These data are freely available.
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1996: HEALTH INSURANCE SUPPLEMENT. ICPSR version. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 1998. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. doi:10.3886/ICPSR02658.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02658.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, health, health care, health care services, health insurance, Health Maintenance Organizations, health policy, health problems, illness, insurance coverage, Medicaid, Medicare
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
(1) Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS. (2) The codebook and data collection instrument are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.
Sample: One person 18 years or older was randomly sampled from each household in the 1996 National Health Interview Survey sample.
Original ICPSR Release: 1999-04-26
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