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Health insurance plan 6: Person's coverage status

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For all persons in families with at least six private insurance plans, HI6PCOV indicates whether the person was covered under the sixth private plan.

Data Collection Process

Respondents were first asked if anyone in the family has a private insurance plan, then asked about the coverage details of this plan, and then asked to indicate who was covered under this plan. (Proxy reporting was allowed, so one person might provide this information for all family members.) Information was collected on up to five plans for 1980 to 1989 (up to six for 1983) and up to four plans for 1992 to 1996. Users may want to see the variables HI1PCOV through HI5PCOV.

Definition of Private Insurance

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


For 1980 to 1996, plans which paid extra cash for hospital stays were considered to be private health insurance and respondents were told exclude plans which pay only for accidents but were not explicitly told to exclude other types of single service plans. For 1989 to 1992, respondents were explicitly told to exclude single service plans as these were not considered to be health insurance. For 1993 to 1996, single service plans were considered to be a form of private health insurance.

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HI6PCOV is comparable over time. However, the variables on private insurance plan characteristics for 1980 through 1996 are not comparable over time.


  • 1983: Persons in quarters 3 or 4 covered by private health insurance that pays any part of hospital, doctor's or surgeon's bill.


  • 1983