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Covered by other government health plan: Need referral for special care

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For all persons covered by some "other" government health plan HIOTHGOVE (i.e., those who do not have coverage through Medicare, Medi-Gap, Medicaid, CHIP/Children's Health Insurance Program, Military health care, Indian Health Service or a State-sponsored health plan), this variable indicates if the person is required to obtain approval or a referral from a primary doctor go to a different doctor or seek special care. Interviewers instructed respondents to not include emergency care.

HIOTHGOVREF reflects responses to HIOTHGOVE that have been edited based on plan names. NCHS staff noted that some of the verbatim responses to a question on the name plan indicated plans that were clearly private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, military coverage, Indian Health Service, single service plans, or no coverage at all. Persons with these forms of coverage were reassigned to the appropriate enrollment recodes. The frequencies reported in HIOTHGOVREF reflect individuals correctly assigned to "other" government coverage, based on the plan name.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 2004-2013; 2014: All persons with other government health plan coverage.


  • 2004-2014