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Extending Health Insurance to the Working Poor: An Assessment of Health Status and Health Care Utilization Effects Among New York City Home Health Attendants, February 1990-June 1991

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Weitzman, Beth (New York University. Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Free Keywords
demographic characteristics; employee benefits; employment; health care access; health care expenses; health care facilities; health care services; health insurance; health problems; health services utilization; health status; Hispanic or Latino origins; home care worker; insurance coverage; Medicare; union membership
  • Abstract

    Using a pre- and post-program design, this survey studied newly-hired home health attendants and their families, most of whom were without medical insurance until they became eligible for health benefits through their union. To assess changes in health status and health services utilization, the attendants were interviewed at the point of union enrollment, and again nine months later. The interview taken prior to enrollment in the benefits program elicited information about concern over health, recent injuries, and self-assessed health status, e.g., the presence or absence of specific health conditions such as diabetes, ulcers, arthritis, stomach trouble, high blood pressure, allergies, asthma, and back problems. Respondents were also queried about the extent and type of previous health coverage (including Medicare and disability insurance), limitations of daily functioning due to poor health, and recent health care utilization, including hospitalization, emergency room usage, and routine ambulatory care. The latter included questions about out-of-pocket expenses and the type of health services received, such as X-rays, CAT scans, sonograms, laboratory tests, electrocardiograms, stress tests, surgery, and setting of bones. Other questions addressed utilization issues of particular relevance to the New York City area, e.g., the use of city hospital clinics. The post-enrollment survey included parallel follow-up questions, as well as questions regarding the respondent's employment status and current benefits. Additional variables in the data collection include respondent's race, Hispanic origin, place of birth, past work experience, date of birth, and sex, plus the sex and dates of birth of family members.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Pre-Enrollment Interview Household Data
    • DS2: Follow-Up Interview Household Data
    • DS3: Pre-Enrollment Interview Individual Data
    • DS4: Follow-Up Interview Individual Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-02 / 1991-06
    Time period: 1990-02--1991-06
Geographic Coverage
  • New York City
Sampled Universe
Home health attendants in New York City.
The study sample is a nonprobability sample of home health attendants. A distinct group of newly-hired home attendants was identified and judged to be representative of home health attendants. These approximately 1,700 newly-hired home attendants were invited, by mail, to come to union headquarters for enrollment and benefits orientation, and also to participate in a study of health status and utilization. This group of 1,700 comprised all health attendants newly hired during the period beginning in February and ending in August 1990. The pre-enrollment survey was administered to these attendants as they came to the union headquarters. A total of 475 attendants were interviewed. Because of the constant flow of home attendants into the union headquarters for enrollment, no attempt was made to interview every newly-hired home attendant but rather to interview a substantial number as they became available. Approximately nine months later, follow-up interviews were obtained with 360 of the 475 sample members.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 6 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.1998-04-20 The codebook is now available as a PDF file. Funding insitution(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (15105).
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9774 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Freeman, H.E., Aiken, L.H., Blendon, R.J., Corey, C.R.. Uninsured working-age adults: Characteristics and consequences. Health Services Research.24, (6), 811-823.1990.
  • Freeman, H.E., Blendon, R.J., Aiken, L.H., Sudman, S., Mullinix, C.F., Corey, C.R.. Americans report on their access to health care. Health Affairs.6, (1), 6-18.1987.
    • ID: 10.1377/hlthaff.6.1.6 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Weitzman, Beth (1995): Extending Health Insurance to the Working Poor: An Assessment of Health Status and Health Care Utilization Effects Among New York City Home Health Attendants, February 1990-June 1991. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.