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Health insurance plan 2: Variety or single service

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For persons in families with at least two private health insurance plans, HI2VARSS indicates whether the second plan mentioned pays for a variety of health care services or only one type of service, such as dental, vision, or prescriptions.

Details about the characteristics of insurance plans (such as HI2VARSS) 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 HI2PCOV (Health Insurance Plan 2: Person's Coverage Status), which indicates whether the person was covered by the plan.

Information was collected on up to four plans per family.


Users may also want to see the variablesHI1VARSS, HI3VARSS, and HI4VARSS. Likewise, the variables HI1PCOV, HI2PCOV, HI3PCOV, and HI4PCOV indicate coverage status for each plan.

Related variables

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The definition, order, and wording of private health insurance changed over time to reflect changes in the availability of different types of coverage and issues of interest. Users are strongly encouraged to review the user notes Insurance Data Collection and Private Insurance Definitions.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1993: Persons in quarters 3 or 4 covered by two private health insurance plans.
  • 1994-1996: Persons covered by two private health insurance plans.


  • 1993-1996