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Health Insurance Coverage Among Working Latinos in California, 2001 (ICPSR 3572)

Principal Investigator(s): Greenwald, Howard P., University of Southern California


To learn why Latinos often lack health insurance in California, this survey interviewed a sample of employed Hispanics in that state. Respondents were interviewed about their health status, health insurance coverage, access to health care, and health care utilization. For insured respondents, the survey measured satisfaction with one's current health plan and collected information on the plan type, length of coverage with the plan, and the plan's co-pays and deductibles. Uninsured respondents were asked why they did not have health insurance, if they had tried to obtain insurance in the past year, how long it was since they last had coverage, whether or not their employer offered health insurance, and what they would expect to pay for it. Additionally, the survey gauged attitudes regarding control of one's fate, acceptability of community and free-care clinics as sources for care, the desirability of getting regular check-ups, and health insurance as a good versus a bad value for the money. Demographic and socioeconomic characteristics collected by the survey include age, sex, household size, educational attainment, religious preference, county of birth, ancestry, citizenship, number of years in the United States, ability to speak English, income, number of jobs held, size of employer (number of employees), length of time at job, industry, occupation, and labor union membership.

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Study Description


Greenwald, Howard P. Health Insurance Coverage Among Working Latinos in California, 2001. ICPSR03572-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003-02-19.

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This study was funded by:

  • California HealthCare Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    employee benefits, health care access, health insurance, health services utilization, health status, Hispanic or Latino Americans, insurance coverage

Geographic Coverage:    California, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2001

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001

Universe:    Employed Latino adults in California.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain a weight variable (WGHT) that compensates for underrepresentation of households without telephones.

The collection includes a data map in ASCII text format.


Sample:    Random-digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2003-02-19


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