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How hard to pay for basics like food, housing, medical care, and heating


For adults 18 and older who completed the Social and Health Experiences (SHE) self-administered questionnaire (SDOHELIG), HARDPAYBASIC indicates how hard it is for the respondent to pay for basics such as food, housing, medical care, and heating. HARDPAYBASIC was fielded as one of eighteen questions about health-related social needs included in the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) supplement fielded via the 2021 SHE pencil-and-paper questionnaire. The SHE questionnaire was the first MEPS-HC questionnaire to be fielded using paper and web modes. Please see TRANSBAR for more information about the Health-Related Social Needs variables included in the SDOH supplement. Please see SATISFIED for more information on the SDOH supplement, including a complete list of variables fielded on the 2021 SHE.

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  • 2021: Sample adults age 18+ and eligible for SDOH with data recorded (SDOHELIG).


  • 2021



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