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Health Serv Res. 2009 Apr;44(2 Pt 1):593-605. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2008.00921.x. Epub 2008 Nov 24.

The American Community Survey and health insurance coverage estimates: possibilities and challenges for health policy researchers.

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Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, SHADAC-University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA. daver004@umn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To introduce the American Community Survey (ACS) and its measure of health insurance coverage to researchers and policy makers.

DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING:

We compare the survey designs for the ACS and Current Population Survey (CPS) that measure insurance coverage.

STUDY DESIGN:

We describe the ACS and how it will be useful to health policy researchers.

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS:

Relative to the CPS, the ACS will provide more precise state and substate estimates of health insurance coverage at a point-in-time. Yet the ACS lacks the historical data and detailed state-specific coverage categories seen in the CPS.

CONCLUSIONS:

The ACS will be a critical new resource for researchers. To use the new data to the best advantage, careful research will be needed to understand its strengths and weaknesses.

PMID:
19040425
PMCID:
PMC2677056
DOI:
10.1111/j.1475-6773.2008.00921.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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