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Any military insurance (summary)

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HINSMIL is a variable constructed by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota. It indicates whether respondents were covered by CHAMPUS, TRICARE, VA, or other military health care during the previous year.

Analyses of HINSMIL must use the weight variable HINSWT.

A schematic diagram of the summary health insurance variables follows:

Public or Private
Type of Insurance
SHADAC Enhanced Variable
Covered by any type (HCOVANY)
Private (HCOVPRIV) (1) Employer-sponsored HINSEMP
(2) Individually purchased HINSPUR
(Covered by someone outside the home) (unavailable in summary variables)
Public (HCOVPUB) (3) Any Medicaid/SCHIP/other public insurance HINSCAID
(4) Medicare HINSCARE
(5) Military HINSMIL


This variable is available for the 1988-onward period and is completely comparable across all years.

In 2001, the CPS introduced an item (VERIFY) to verify that respondents who claimed no insurance coverage on any of the survey items were in fact uninsured. SHADAC used this information to impute the verification question for 1988-2000 cases; those who likely would have reported some type of military insurance coverage had they been asked the verification question have been coded as having such insurance in HINSMIL.

Comparability with IPUMS-USA

There are many methodological differences between the measurement of health insurance coverage in the CPS and the American Community Survey; but conceptually, HINSMIL is comparable to the IPUMS-USA variables HINSTRI and HINSVA. For more information, see SHADAC Issue Brief No. 18. In the American Community Survey, Veterans Administration-provided health insurance is classified as public coverage; TRICARE and all other military insurance programs are classified as private coverage. In the CPS, all military insurance is public coverage, and so the types are combined.


  • All persons.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1988 – 2013 - - X - - - - - - - - -


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