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Line number of first policyholder of privately-purchased insurance


PRIVWHO1 is a 2-digit numeric variable.


PRIVWHO1 and PRIVWHO2 indicate the line numbers of the first and second members of the household who were the policyholders for privately-purchased (i.e., not employment-based) insurance covering the respondent during the previous calendar year. PRIVWHO1 and PRIVWHO2 are pointer variables that allow researchers to link a dependent covered by privately-purchased 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 privately-purchased 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 PRIVWHO1 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 PRIVWHO2 on the child's record would be 02, reflecting coverage as a dependent from the privately-purchased 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 privately-purchased insurance is indicated by the PRIVOWN variable. Persons who had insurance coverage as dependents of a policyholder are identified in the PRIVDEP variable. PRIVTYP indicates whether the policyholder's employment-based health insurance covered the respondent only or also covered family members, and PRIVOUT 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 - - - - - - - - -


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