Estimates of health insurance coverage: Comparing state surveys with the current population survey

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Abstract

The Census Bureau produces annual state-level estimates of health insurance coverage using the Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement. Many states also conduct their own population surveys of health insurance status; in most cases, the state survey estimates of uninsurance are lower than the estimates produced by the CPS. This discrepancy fuels debate about the true count of uninsured Americans and changes in that number over time. This paper compares state survey and CPS estimates of uninsurance, highlights key reasons for these differences, and discusses the policy implications of this persistent discrepancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-278
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

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