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Health insurance plan 5: Plan pays for prescription drugs

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For persons in families with at least one private health insurance plans, HI5PRE indicates if the fifth 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 HI5PRE) 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 variablesHI1PRE, HI2PRE, HI3PRE, and HI4PRE. Likewise, the variables HI1PCOV, HI2PCOV, HI3PCOV, and HI4PCOV indicate coverage status for each plan.

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.

Users are strongly encouraged to review the user notes Insurance Data Collection and Private Insurance Definitions.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1989: Persons covered by a private health insurance that pays any part of hospital, doctor or dental bill.


  • 1989