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Dependent covered by privately-purchased insurance last year

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PRIVDEP indicates whether, during the previous calendar year, the respondent had coverage, as a dependent, from privately-purchased (non-employment-based) health insurance. The interviewer asked whether, at any time during the previous calendar year, anyone in the household was covered by such privately-purchased health insurance, and distinguished between policyholders and dependents covered by the plan through follow-up questions.

Persons who were policyholders for such insurance are identified in the PRIVOWN variable. Up to two household members who were policyholders for privately-purchased health insurance are identified in the PRIVWHO1 and PRIVWHO2 variables. Using the PRIVWHO1, PRIVWHO2, and LINENO variables, researchers can identify the policyholder(s) whose privately-purchased insurance provided coverage for someone coded as "Yes" in PRIVDEP.

Through programming in IPUMS-CPS, other cases were added to the pool of positive responses for PRIVDEP. If the respondent mentioned dependent coverage on privately-purchased insurance in response to a catchall summary question on "other" health insurance plans (after hearing questions about many specific types of insurance coverage, including privately-purchased insurance), then that person was given a positive response for PRIVDEP in IPUMS-CPS.


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 for the period from 1996 through 2000.

Beginning with the ASEC 2001 survey, the CPS added a verification question (see VERIFY for more information) to ascertain whether respondents who did not acknowledge health insurance coverage of various types in previous questions, actually lacked insurance coverage during the preceding calendar year. Persons who acknowledged health insurance coverage in this verification follow-up question were asked about the types of health insurance coverage they had. In IPUMS-CPS, for the ASEC 2001 survey onward, persons who reported dependent coverage for privately-purchased insurance in response to this question were added, through programming, to the pool of positive responses for the PRIVDEP variable. For consistency in results before and after the ASEC 2001 survey, researchers should exclude cases of dependent coverage on privately-purchased insurance that were only identified via the verification question (i.e., exclude cases coded as "Yes" (2) in VERIFY when analyzing the PRIVDEP data).


  • All persons.


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




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