For all persons eligible for the Access to Care section (ACCESSELIG), LANGENGHH reports whether all household members were comfortable conversing in English. Prior to 2008, LANGENGHH is only collected of those eligible for the Access to Care section who speak Spanish or another language the most in the home (LANGSPEAK).
LANGENGHH is collected as part of the Access to Care section, 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. From 2002-2013, the Access to Care section collected information about language and nativity status. Please see LANGSPEAK for information about the available variables and ACCESSELIG for more information about the Access to Care section.
IPUMS MEPS reports the universe for each variable based on a thorough review of the original MEPS documentation. Investigating the data may reveal cases that do not meet the stated universe. Users are encouraged to validate universes for their analyses.
Codes and Frequencies
Although available in 2013, LANGENGHH was not actually fielded in 2013. To support the transition to a new set of language questions asked in the Demographic section, the 2012 responses of persons in Panel 17 were simply copied to the 2013 file. Persons in Panel 18 were not asked LANGENGHH, but were asked the new language questions in the Demographic section.
Otherwise, this variable is comparable over time.
- 2003-2013 : PERWEIGHT