Using Recent Revisions to Federal Surveys for Measuring the Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Recent revisions to several federal surveys that could be used to measure the impact of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with a particular focus on how the surveys could be used to examine differences within and among states, are examined in this issue brief.

Researchers examine seven federal surveys that include questions on health insurance coverage and health access, of which five have been recently revised to include new questions and one is in the process of revision.

The seven surveys include:

  • American Community Survey (ACS)
  • Current Population Survey (CPS)
  • National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Household Component (MEPS-HC)
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
  • Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
  • National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH)

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