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Health insurance plan 1: Plan pays for mental health services

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For persons in families who have at least one private insurance plan, HI1MENT
indicates if the first plan paid for mental health, alcohol, and drug abuse expenses.

Data Collection Process

Details about the characteristics of insurance plans (such as HI1MENT) reflect plans for any family member in the household. In order to determine if the person (rather than someone else in the family) was covered by this plan, analysts should use the variable HI1PCOV (Health Insurance Plan 1: Person's Coverage Status), which indicates whether the person was covered by the plan.

Related variables

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Information was collected on up to five plans per family.


Users may also want to see the variables HI2MENT, HI3MENT, HI4MENT and HI5MENT. Likewise, the variables HI2PCOV, HI3PCOV, HI4PCOV and HI5PCOV indicate coverage status for each plan.

Definitions of Private Coverage

Private insurance for 1989 was defined as coverage by a health insurance plan that pays for any part of a hospital, doctor, surgeon's bill, or dentist's bill. Single service plans were not considered a form of health insurance, but plans which paid extra cash for hospitalizations were considered a form of health insurance.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1989: All persons that were covered by a private health insurance plan which pays any part of a hospital, doctor or dental bill.


  • 1989