Health Reform Monitoring Survey, United States, Fourth Quarter 2014 (ICPSR 36287)

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John Holahan, Urban Institute; Sharon K. Long, Urban Institute


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  • V2 [2017-05-12] unpublished

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 eight round of the survey (fourth quarter 2014) include self-reported health status, type of and satisfaction with health insurance coverage, access to and use of health care, out-of-pocket health care costs, health care affordability, and awareness of various provisions of the ACA. Additional information collected by the survey includes age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, education, race, Hispanic origin, United States citizenship, housing type, home ownership, internet access, income, receipt of government benefits, employment status, and employer size.

Holahan, John, and Long, Sharon K. Health Reform Monitoring Survey, United States, Fourth Quarter 2014. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-08-19.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (71833), Ford Foundation, Urban Institute

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.

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2014-12-02 -- 2014-12-29
2014-12-02 -- 2014-12-29

The principal investigators did not provide many of the variables collected in the eighth round, specifically, the open-ended response variables (e.g., the variable for Question Q8b); the variables for the Questions QA, QB and QC; the variables from the experimental survey questions (TQ4E-TQ4H); and many variables from the KnowledgePanel profile questionnaire.

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

Each quarter, a stratified random sample of adults ages 18-64 is drawn from the KnowledgePanel, a probability-based, nationally represented Internet panel maintained by GfK Custom Research. The approximately 55,000 adults in the panel include households with and without Internet access. Panel members are recruited from an address-based sample frame derived from the United States Postal Service Delivery Sequence File, which covers 97 percent of United States households. The HRMS sample includes a random sample of approximately 7,500 nonelderly adults per quarter, including oversamples of adults with family incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line 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.

Household population aged 18-64.

The HRMS response rate is roughly five percent each quarter.


2019-08-19 ICPSR Processing Notes in the ICPSR Codebook have been revised.

2019-07-29 Removed variable Q7_F from public datasets, renamed filesets to meet current standards, and updated title.

2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Holahan, John, and Sharon K. Long. Health Reform Monitoring Survey, United States, Fourth Quarter 2014. ICPSR36287-v4. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-08-19.

2017-05-12 ICPSR revised Item 1 in the ICPSR Processing Notes in the codebook.

2017-05-11 The principal investigators added a new weight variable to the data file and the technical documentation was updated accordingly.

2015-10-16 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.

The HRMS weights reflect the probability of sample selection from the KnowledgePanel and post-stratification 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 post-stratification weighting of the KnowledgePanel and the post-stratification 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.


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