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Health insurance coverage type (hierarchy)


[ PRELIMINARY VARIABLE: Variable description may change once we confirm the universe and assess the comparability of this variable over time. ]

For all persons, COVERTYPE reports the persons' health insurance coverage type recoded into a hierarchy. COVERTYPE includes three mutually exclusive categories and persons with more than one type of health insurance coverage were assigned to the first appropriate category in the following hierarchy:

  • Private, including persons who had any private insurance coverage during the calendar year, including TRICARE/CHAMPVA.
  • Public only, including persons who only had public coverage during the calendar year.
  • Uninsured, including persons who were uninsured for the entire calendar year.

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The comparability of this variable over time has not yet been assessed.


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  • 1996-2019



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