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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Impact of Health Insurance Coverage
Health insurance is a key factor in access to care. Numerous proposals to extend coverage are being considered.

  1. Based on the discussion of sources of health insurance coverage above, compile a table showing the different estimates of the percentage of the population that is covered.
  2. Then assess the impact of the different estimates on understanding the impact of the extent of coverage on health correlates, conditions, care and consequences.
  1. What is the impact of how health insurance is defined?
  2. What is the effect of considering the length of time a person was not covered on the estimate of the number of people who were not covered? [I.e. is the measure based on those who did not have health insurance on any day in the reporting period vs. those who did not have coverage for the entire period.]
  3. What is the implication of examining reports from survey data or considering reports from the health accounts?