The Effects of Trigger Events on Changes in Children's Health Insurance Coverage. 1. Types of Events


We defined the following as potential trigger events for the transitions that we examined:

  • Father's loss of employment
  • Mother's loss of employment
  • Fathers reduction in hours worked to less than 30 14
  • Mother's reduction in hours worked to less than 30
  • Father's change in jobs (excluding re-employment or loss of employment)
  • Mother's change in jobs
  • Father's gaining employment
  • Mother's gaining employment
  • Father's increase in hours worked to 30 or more
  • Mother's increase in hours worked to 30 or more
  • Marked decline in family income (by one-third and at least $500)
  • Marked rise in family income (by one-half and at least $500) 15
  • Change in family headship (loss or addition of a parent)
  • Reduction in family size
  • Increase in family size
  • Family's loss of AFDC

Family's enrollment in AFDC

All of these variables are measured as dichotomies, consistent with their use as events. The set covers a range of major family economic and demographic events that could be associated with changes in health insurance coverage.

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