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Health insurance plan 5: Plan pays for mental health services

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For persons in families who have at least five private insurance plans, HI4MENT
indicates whether the fifth plan paid for mental health, alcohol, and drug abuse expenses.

Data Collection Process

Details about the characteristics of insurance plans (such as HI5MENT) 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 HI5PCOV (Health Insurance Plan 5: Person's Coverage Status), which indicates whether the person was covered by the plan.

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Information was collected on up to five plans per family.


Users may also want to see the variables HI1MENT, HI2MENT, HI3MENT and HI4MENT. Likewise, the variables HI1PCOV, HI2PCOV, HI3PCOV, and HI4PCOV 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's bill, 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: Persons covered by private health insurance that pays any part of hospital, doctor or dental bill.


  • 1989