Codes and Frequencies
For persons without health insurance coverage for less than 3 years, HISTOP2A indicates if a reason for not having coverage is that the person's spouse or parent lost their job or changed employers. Respondents were handed a card listing possible reasons for no insurance and were asked to specify up to five reasons or could specify some other reason. Individuals with single service were considered to be uninsured, and included in the universe for this variable.
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Users who want to compare variables before and after 1997 should see the recoded variable (HINOEMPR), which has been recoded by the IHIS staff to improve comparability over time.
This variable is not comparable with variables from before 1997 indicating no insurance coverage due to unemployment and users should not compare this variable with the pre-1997 variables. From 1997 forward, the NCHS edited the responses for insurance coverage based on plan name to improve the accuracy in insurance coverage status. In addition, prior to 1997, respondents who indicated no insurance due to cost may have been covered through other public programs (see the variable description for HINORUNEMP, available for 1976, 1980, 1982-1984, 1986, 1989, 1993-1996).
- 1997: All persons without health insurance coverage for less than 3 years
- 1997 : PERWEIGHT