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Health insurance plan 3: Variety or single service

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For persons in families with at least three private health insurance plans, HI3VARSS indicates whether the third 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 HI3VARSS) 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 HI3PCOV (Health Insurance Plan 3: 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 through HI4VARSS. Likewise, the variables HI1PCOV through 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 3 private health insurance plans
  • 1994-1996: Persons covered by 3 private health insurance plans


  • 1993-1996