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K3Q01;K3Q02 (called instype in the public use data set)
Children age 0-17 years
Public insurance; Private insurance; Currently uninsured
Revisions and Changes:
Same as the 2007 and 2003 NSCH; may compare across survey years with special attention to the addition of cell phones in the 2011/12 NSCH sample.
Indicator 3.3 is derived from two questions: whether the child is currently insured (K3Q01); and whether currently insured children have public or private coverage (K3Q02). Question K3Q01 defines health insurance as including "health insurance, prepaid plans such as HMOs, or government plans such as Medicaid." In K3Q02 public insurance is defined as "Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program, S-CHIP" and names the Medicaid and/or SCHIP programs for the state the child resides in. Children who are insured but do not have public insurance are coded as having private insurance coverage.
Treatment of Unknown Values:
Unknown values (responses coded as 'refused', 'don't know', or system missing) are not included in the denominator when calculating prevalence estimates and weighted population counts displayed in the data query results table. In nearly every case, the proportion of unknown values is less than 1% and the exclusion of these values does not change the prevalence estimates (%) and only marginally affects the weighted population counts (Weighted Est.). Exceptions are noted in the form of a “Data Alert” at the bottom of a results table.
History and Development:
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau leads the development of the NSCH survey and indicators, in collaboration with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and a national technical expert panel. The expert panel includes representatives from other federal agencies, state Title V leaders, family organizations, and child health researchers. Previously validated questions and scales are used when available. Respondents’ cognitive understanding of the survey questions is assessed during the pretest phase and revisions made as required. All final data components are verified by NCHS and DRC/CAHMI staff prior to public release. The samples in 2003 and 2007 were drawn by random digit dial telephone sampling. The 2011/12 survey included the addition of cell phones to the sample. This has implications for the comparability of items between 2007 and 2011/12. More information can be found in the “Learn About the Surveys” section of this website.
Indicator 3.3: What type of health insurance coverage, if any, did [child name] have at the time of the survey?
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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U59MC27866,National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Initiative, $4.5M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position of or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.