Calculate Percentage and Length of Time Spent Uninsured

#1

Hello;
I am currently working with MEPS data for 2015/2016, panel 20. I have already combined the two datasets and trimmed them down so that the dataset only contains individuals from panel 20. I would like to calculate the proportion of individuals who lose and regain insurance coverage during the period that they are followed and the mean/median time that they spent without insurance. I’m currently playing with various combinations of INS(month)15X and INS(month)16X but would appreciate any tips or potential paths to go down.

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#2

What you’ve described sounds like a reasonable approach. There is a full set of monthly health insurance variables that you could explore. While INSMMX will capture any health insurance, perhaps you could uncover distinct variations/patterns and/or movements through different types of insurance by using more specific variables.

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