For current RU members in rounds 2 and 4, DIFCARFM indicates whether, in the past 12 months, anyone in the family experienced difficulty in obtaining any type of health care, delayed obtaining care, or did not receive health care they thought they needed. DIFCARM is collected as part of the Access to Care supplement, which gathers information on usual source of care for all family members, characteristics of usual source of care health providers, and barriers family members have faced in obtaining needed health care.
Codes and Frequencies
In all years other than 1996, the question is asked of persons in rounds two and four of data collection. No persons participated in round four of data collection in 1996, given the MEPS panel design. Otherwise, there are no comparability issues.
- 1996: Current RU members in round 2, excluding members who are deceased or institutionalized.
- 1999-2001: Current RU members in rounds 2 and 4, excluding members who are deceased or institutionalized.
- 1996, 1999-2001
- 2000-2001 : PERWEIGHT