The Coordinated State Coverage Survey (CSCS) is a household telephone survey instrument developed by SHADAC researchers. Unlike national survey instruments, the CSCS is specially designed to monitor the uninsured and provide reliable state-level insurance coverage estimates to inform state health policies. To date nearly twenty states have used, or are currently using, the CSCS to collect state-specific data on the uninsured.
Components of the CSCS
The CSCS consists of two main components: the core and the state-added questions.
- The core includes questions on health insurance coverage and demographics, optional items in the core are designed to assess potential access to health insurance coverage through family members or employers.
- State-added questions reflect the adaptations to the CSCS per the informational needs of the states. In the past, states have included questions on topics such as willingness to pay (Indiana 2003), concerns about loss of coverage (Alabama 2003; Oklahoma 2004), dental coverage (Alabama 2003), attitudes toward and awareness of state reforms (Massachusetts, 2008) and Medicare supplemental policies (Minnesota 2004, 2007).
Using the CSCS
The survey instrument is available for public use and SHADAC researchers are available to assist states in customizing the instrument and study design. You may download a sample questionnaire (Minnesota 2011 in Word or PDF). Any questions on the content can be directed to Kathleen Call at SHADAC, 612-625-2932 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.