Codes and Frequencies
For persons in families with at least four private health insurance plans, HI4PRE indicates if the fourth plan mentioned covered any prescription drugs other than those administered during a hospital stay.
Data Collection Process
Details about the characteristics of insurance plans (such as HI4PRE) 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 HI4PCOV (Health Insurance Plan 4: Person's Coverage Status), which indicates whether the person was covered by the plan.
Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus and search function for other related variables.
Information was collected on up to five plans per family.
Users may want to use the recoded variable HIPRXCOVR, which summarizes prescription coverage across all of the family member plans and reports if any family member has prescription drug coverage.
Definition of Private Coverage
Private insurance was defined to respondents as insurance which pays any part of a hospital, doctor's, surgeon's, or dentist's bill, except plans which pay only for accidents. Interviewers also instructed respondents to exclude plans that pay for only one type of service. Such plans were relatively new that year.
- 1989: Persons covered by 4 private health insurance plans that pays any part of a hospital, doctor or dental bill (excluding Medicare or single service plans)
- 1989 : PERWEIGHT