Policy & Research


Webinar: Different data sources for insurance coverage reporting

By Ivan Williams, M.B.A. | September 16, 2013

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau will release two different reports on insurance coverage — and the numbers are not always the same between reports. Which report is correct? Which should you use? This webinar helps explain differences between the reports' distinct data sets.

The two reports this week:

KHI research staff cover data collection methods, and how you can use the different sources for your reporting needs. For example, if you wanted to know how many 19- to 25-year-olds have gained coverage through their parents' plans as allowed under the Affordable Care Act, the ACS would be the better report to draw on. With many more survey respondents and smaller margins of error, the ACS is generally a better measure for evaluating health insurance coverage for particular demographic groups.

KHI has made the decision to use ACS data as a primary resource for its Annual Insurance Update, due out in March 2014.

Look for more information in the next few days from KHI about these data releases, and please call upon us as a resource if you need assistance.

→ Slides from the webinar: khi.org/census (PDF)

→ Frequently asked questions about these two reports: khi.org/censusfaq (PDF)

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