The Uninsured in the March 1998 Current Population Survey: Charts from Tabulations by ASPE. Introduction


  • The March 1998 Current Population Survey is one of our major sources of data on persons without Health Insurance in 1997
  • One Caveat is in order. The survey does not ask persons if they were without health insurance. Rather an "uninsured" person is one who did not say that he had one of the five forms of health insurance: Employer-Sponsored insurance; Medicare; Medicaid; VA, Champus or other military medicine; or other private coverage.
  • This means that if someone fails to indicate that he has one of the five coverage types when he does, he will erroneously be counted as uninsured as well as not counted as insured.