Codes and Frequencies
For persons with military coverage, HICHAMPVA reports whether the person currently had CHAMP-VA military health care. CHAMP-VA (Comprehensive Health and Medical Plan of the Veterans Administration) provides health care for the spouse, dependents, or survivors of a veteran who has a total, permanent service-connected disability.
Interviewers handed respondents a flashcard that listed various types of insurance, including Military health care (TRICARE/VA/CHAMP-VA). Respondents who selected military health care were then asked to indicate whether they had TRICARE, VA, CHAMP-VA or other military coverage, and could select all that applied.
HICHAMPVA has not been edited by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to correct for errors in the type of insurance the person had. See the variable description for HIMILITE for more information.
Data Editing and Recoding
During the course of data editing, the NCHS discovered many errors in the responses to questions about insurance coverage. Often, respondents misclassified the type of insurance they had. This might be shown, for example, by a mismatch between the verbatim name of an insurance plan and the type of insurance coverage the person selected from the categories on the card.
Accordingly, the NCHS created a series of recoded insurance variables. For these recoded insurance variables, such as HIMILITE, the data are back-edited, taking into account the verbatim names of insurance plans. The NCHS strongly advises analysts to use these recoded insurance variables as a more reliable source of information about the types of insurance coverage than is provided by respondents' original and unedited answers about their insurance type.
- 2004-2017: All persons with military health coverage.
- 2004-2017 : PERWEIGHT