Survey Questions about Subsidies for Health Insurance: Does Terminology Matter?
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This webinar covers findings from a set of survey experiments that tested different questions about receiving health insurance subsidies.
Urban Institute researcher Victoria Lynch, Census Bureau researcher Joanne Pascale, and SHADAC researcher Kathleen Call discuss these findings, which come from split-sample experiments in the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS).
The researchers examine the patterns of response among different groups of HRMS respondents to the subsidy questions asked in the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and to another question developed in expert review.
The speakers discuss what the findings indicate with respect to
- The respondent groups for which question terminology impacts response
- Respondent comprehension of the various subsidy questions
- The importance of accurately defining the Marketplace universe
They also offer recommendations for defining the universe when estimating the receipt of subsidies and for making inferences from published estimates of coverage receipt.
Pascale, J. 2014. “Recommendations for Using Surveys to Measure Health Coverage Post-Reform: Lessons from Massachusetts.” SHADAC Brief #42. Minneapolis, MN: State Health Access Data Assistance Center.
Pascale, J. January 2014. “Adapting State Surveys to Measure Health Coverage Post-Reform.” SHADAC Webinar. Minneapolis, MN: State Health Access Data Assistance Center.
Pascale, J., Rodean, J., Leeman, J., Cosenza, C., & Schoua-Glusberg, A. 2013. “Preparing to Measure Health Coverage in Federal Surveys Post-Reform: Lessons from Massachusetts.” Inquiry 50(2): 106-123.
Pascale, J., Boudreaux, M., & King, R. 2014. "Understanding the New Current Population Survey Health Insurance Questions." US Census Bureau Reserach Report Series in Survey Methodology #2014-02. Washington, DC: US Census Bureau.