Analysis of Children's Health Insurance Patterns: Findings from the SIPP. Source of Data

05/12/1999

This analysis is based on the 1992 panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), a longitudinal survey that provides extensive monthly data on a large sample of children (and adults) from 1992 through 1994. These are the latest data with which we could construct the multi-year longitudinal measures presented in this report. The 1993 SIPP panel would have given us data through 1995, but our work with these data raised concerns that the number of poor children was overstated. The Census Bureau started another SIPP panel in 1996, but until recently, only the first wave of data, covering a four-month reference period, had been released.

Given that readers will want to apply the findings presented here to the present, an important caveat is that the data on which this analysis is based precede welfare reform. Clearly, point estimates of uninsured children and Medicaid participants in 1994 will differ from today's figures, but the underlying dynamics on which this report focuses remain relevant even though some of the particulars may have changed.

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