Codes and Frequencies
For persons in families with at least four private health insurance plans, HI4VARSS indicates whether the fourth 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 HI4VARSS) 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.
Information was collected on up to four plans per family.
Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus and search function for other related variables.
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.
- 1993: Persons in quarters 3 or 4 covered by 4 private health insurance plans
- 1994-1996: Persons covered by 4 private health insurance plans