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Other(s) covered by private health insurance


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PHIOTHR indicates whether the "private" (i.e., employment-based or privately-purchased, not governmental) insurance plan held in the name of an adult household member covered persons other than policyholder, the policyholder's spouse, and the policyholder's children, during the previous calendar year. The information for PHIOTHR is included on the person record of the insurance policyholder.

The data for PHIOTHR were collected via a series of questions. First, persons were asked whether they were covered by private insurance during the previous calendar year (see PHINSUR) and, if yes, whether such insurance coverage was in the respondent's own name (see PHIOWN). If the answer to the second question was also yes, the policyholder was asked about other people covered by this same private insurance policy. PHIOTHR identifies cases in which policyholders of private insurance plans reported that "others" (i.e., persons other than themselves, their spouse, and their children) were covered by their private (i.e., nongovernmental) insurance plans.

Whether the "private" health insurance plan held in the name of an adult household member covered other dependents of that policyholder is specified in similar variables.
PHIHHKID indicates whether co-resident children were covered by the policy; PHINHKID indicates whether the policyholder's children living elsewhere were covered by the policy; and PHISPOUS indicates whether the policyholder's spouse was covered by the policy. If only the policyholder was covered, that policyholder received a code of "Yes" in PHISELF.

PHIOTHR and the related variables PHIHHKID, PHINHKID, PHISPOUS, and PHISELF may be of interest to researchers studying who had insurance coverage of a particular type. The primary reason for collecting these data, however, was to allow the Census Bureau to allocate insurance coverage to dependents as well as policyholders in the COVERPI and COVERGH variables.


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.


  • Persons 15+ who had private insurance coverage in their own names.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1988 – 1994 - - X - - - - - - - - -



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