Hi CPS team folks!
In IPUMS-CPS I find a number of summary insurance variables (e.g., whether the individual is covered by what type of private health insurance — employer-sponsored, individually purchased) such as HINSEMP and HINSPUR. These are very good variables but are only available until 2013. In another health insurance module I find another variable called “reported covered by private insurance” (PHINSUR) as well as a similar variable “COVERPI”. I assume that these variables are related to all types of private insurance (either employer-sponsored or individually purchased), is that correct? If so, is there any variables similar to HINSEMP and HINSPUR (those are in the summary module) that describe the detailed information about individuals’ private health insurance status?
A related question about private health insurance purchases — Assume that I am studying individuals who have jobs but do not buy employer-based insurance. Should I calculate the share of employed workers who purchase employer-sponsored insurance by looking at HINSEMP and EMPSTAT (employment status) in CPS data?