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Line number of second policyholder of direct-purchase private insurance, previous year

DPWHO2 is a 2-digit numeric variable.


DPWHO1 and DPWHO2 indicate the line numbers of the first and second members of the household who were the policyholders for direct-purchase private insurance covering the respondent during the previous calendar year. DPWHO1 and DPWHO2 are pointer variables that allow researchers to link a dependent covered by direct-purchase insurance to the household members who were the policyholders of that insurance, using information in the LINENO variable.

Imagine, for example, that a male householder was the policyholder for direct-purchase insurance that also covered a co-resident child, and that the value of LINENO for the householder is 01. Imagine also that the wife of the householder was a policyholder for privately-purchased insurance that covered the same co-resident child, and that the value of LINENO for the wife is 02.

The value of DPWHO1 on the child's record would be 01, since the privately-purchased family health care plan of the householder supplied the coverage for that child, as a dependent. The value of DPWHO2 on the child's record would be 02, reflecting coverage as a dependent from the direct-purchase private insurance policy of the spouse. However, the policyholders themselves would be coded as 0 (not in universe) on these variables.

Whether an individual was the policyholder for direct-purchase private insurance last year is indicated by the DPOWNLY variable. Persons who had insurance coverage as dependents of a policyholder are identified in the DPDEPLY variable. DPTYPLY indicates whether the policyholder's direct-purchase health insurance covered the respondent only or also covered family members last year, and DPOUTLY reports whether the policyholder's coverage extended to persons outside the household.


User Note: For a set of variables that addresses many of the comparability issues in the CPS health insurance measures, see the summary health insurance variables created by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center.

This variable is comparable over time.


  • All persons.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1996 – 2018 - - X - - - - - - - - -


This variable has no flags.

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