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Covered by employment-based group health last year


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HIGROUP indicates whether the respondent was covered, either as a policyholder or as a dependent of another household member, by employment-based group health insurance during the previous calendar year.

Interviewers asked whether respondents who had worked during the previous calendar year were included in a group health insurance plan on any job held during that period, whether the plan was in the respondent's own name, and who else in the household (i.e., spouse, children, and/or others) were included in that plan. The Census Bureau edited the data to allocate "yes" responses in HIGROUP not only to employment-based insurance policyholders but also to the co-resident persons identified as being covered by such insurance.


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.

Which other persons (spouse, children, and/or other persons) were covered by a policyholder's employment-based insurance plan is reported in WHOELSGH, on the person record of the policyholder. These are the data used by the Census Bureau to allocate group health insurance coverage to non-policyholders in HIGROUP.


  • All persons.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1980 – 1987 - - X - - - - - - - - -


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