Using National Survey Data to Analyze Children’s Health Insurance Coverage: An Assessment of Issues. B. SIMULATING MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY


The measurement or simulation of Medicaid eligibility among the members of a survey sample is important within the context of studying uninsurance because of the impact that Medicaid participation can have on the number of uninsured children. Because the rules for determining Medicaid eligibility are complex, however, simulating Medicaid eligibility is no small undertaking. Furthermore, what it demands from the data in order to replicate all of Medicaid’s complex provisions is more than any existing survey can provide.