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Any health insurance coverage (original)


HCOVANY2, an original and incompletely edited variable, indicates whether persons had any health insurance coverage at the time of interview, as measured by employer-provided insurance(HINSEMP2), privately purchased insurance (HINSPUR2), Medicare (HINSCARE2), Medicaid or other governmental insurance (HINSCAID2), TRICARE or other military care (HINSTRI2), or Veterans Administration-provided insurance (HINSVA2). The Census Bureau does not consider respondents to have coverage if their only coverage is from Indian Health Services (HINSIHS2), as IHS policies are not always comprehensive.

User Note: HCOVANY2 is not fully edited. It is provided so that users can replicate analyses that use original ACS data. For a fully edited and fully harmonized analogue that can be used to analyze change over time, see HCOVANY. See the IPUMS health insurance page for a summary of health insurance variables in the ACS/PRCS.


This variable is not available for any of the currently selected samples.


This variable is available only for the 2008-2010 ACS and PRCS. Because the Census Bureau has applied different edits in different years, this variable is not comparable over time; see HCOVANY for a fully comparable variable.

Users should note that the ACS's measurement of health insurance differs from that of the Current Population Survey's measurement, which generally asks about coverage in the last week or the last year.


  • ACS, PRCS: All persons.


United States
Puerto Rico


This variable has no flags.

Editing Procedure

There is no editing procedure available for this variable.