TABLE 5-1 Collection of Variables Needed to Develop a Prospective Measure of MCER in Three Longitudinal Surveys

Variable MEPS SIPP HRS
Measures of Health
     General health status (poor to excellent) X X X
     Activity limitations X X X
     Functional limitations X X X
     Chronic medical conditions X X
Measures of Health Insurance Coverage
     Current health insurance coverage X X X
     Services/treatments covered
     Potential liability for out-of-pocket costs a a,b
     Current health insurance premiums X
Measures of Medical Expenditures
     Prior year insurance premiums Xc X
     Prior year out-of-pocket expenditures X X X
     Insurance premiums during the next year Xc X X
     Out-of-pocket expenditures during the next year X X X
Measures of Resources
     Earned income X X X
     Unearned income X X X
     In-kind benefits d X d
     Taxes paid e
     Commuting and child care expenses X
     Liquid assets Xf X X
Measures of Family Relationships
     Relationship to the householder X X g
     All parent-child relationships X X
     All marital relationships X X

NOTES: HRS = Health and Retirement Study; MEPS = Medical Expenditure Panel Survey; SIPP = Survey of Income and Program Participation.

aData include participation in health maintenance organizations.

bData include whether coverage for a preexisting condition is limited.

cCollected for private health insurance but not for Medicare.

dSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program) benefits are the only in-kind benefits collected.

eTaxes paid are collected in a topical module once per panel, but nonresponse is very high and missing data are not imputed.

fAssets are collected only once per panel, so they will be present for only half of an annual sample. Asset data are not included in the public use file.

gPerson-level data are collected on just the sample member (over 50) and spouse.

SOURCE: Developed by the panel from published questionnaires and codebooks.



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