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PRXMM
Monthly private health insurance coverage through Federal or State exchange

Description

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

For all persons, PRXMM is a set of constructed monthly summary health insurance variables indicating whether they were covered by private insurance obtained through a federal or state health insurance exchange in a given calendar month. By adding PRXMM to your data cart, you are in effect adding 12 monthly health insurance coverage variables (PRXJA-PRXDE), one variable for each calendar month.

Monthly Health Insurance Coverage Variables 

  • PRXJA: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace January
  • PRXFE: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace February
  • PRXMA: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace March
  • PRXAP: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace April
  • PRXMY: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace May
  • PRXJU: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace June
  • PRXJL: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace July
  • PRXAU: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace August
  • PRXSE: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace September
  • PRXOC: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace October
  • PRXNO: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace November
  • PRXDE: Covered by private insurance through exchange/marketplace December

Detail about Insurance Editing 

Beginning in Panel 18 Round 3/Panel 19 Round 1 (calendar year 2014), information was collected on whether respondents obtained health insurance through a federal or state health insurance exchange. Additionally, respondents reporting insurance from a group, directly from an insurance company or HMO, from an insurance agent, or from an "other" unspecified source were asked "Is this coverage through {state exchange name}?"

Persons who reported a source of insurance that was not through an exchange/marketplace (e.g. through a group or directly from an insurance company) but who answered yes when asked if the coverage was through the state-specific exchange were also classified as having exchange/marketplace coverage instead of being assigned to the category they originally reported. In addition to reporting coverage through an exchange/marketplace, coverage needed to have been identified as hospital/physician coverage, but not identified as having Medicare supplemental coverage.

MEPS respondents reporting public coverage were also asked whether the public coverage was obtained through a federal or state marketplace in case respondents were confused about whether the source of coverage was public or private. This approach is consistent with the health insurance questions in the Current Population Survey and the National Health Interview Survey. These variables should be considered unedited since some individuals with public coverage reported as through a marketplace may be edited to private exchange/marketplace coverage in later releases of MEPS data, once additional information on family income is available to aid in data edits.

Codes

This is a 1-digit numeric variable.

Comparability

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

Universe

The universe for this variable has not yet been confirmed.

Availability

  • 2014-2018

Weights

Flags

This variable has no flags.