For all persons eligible for the Access to Care section (ACCESSELIG) in a reporting unit where at least one person has a usual source of care provider (USUALPL), USCCHNG reports whether anyone in the family changed their usual source of care in the past 12 months.
USCCHNG 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. Please see ACCESSELIG for more information on 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.
The Access to Care section collects information about family members' access to care. In addition to USCCHNG, the following information is collected:
- USCCHNGY: Reason for change in family member's usual source of care in past year
- USUALPLFM: Anyone in the family had a usual source of care in past year
- USUALPLFMY: Reason family member no longer has a usual source of care
Codes and Frequencies
Users should note that the Access to Care variables are not designed to yield full-year estimates in 1997, as the section is only administered in Round 2 instead of Rounds 2 and 4. The 1997 AHRQ documentation advises that "The 1997 Access to Care variables cannot be used to make full-year estimates, but can be useful in such analyses as trend analyses, or for enhancing subgroup analyses. These variables may be of particular interest because of the 1997 oversample of populations (such as poverty, children with activity limitations, adults with functional limitations, high medical expenditure cases, and the elderly) where access issues are particularly relevant" (C-16). Because USCCHNG is only collected in Round 2 in 1997 instead of Rounds 2 and 4, USCCHNG cannot be used to make a full-year estimate in 1997. Otherwise, this variable is comparable over time.
- 1996-2001 : PERWEIGHT