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Surveying the Field: Comparing Estimates of Uninsured Americans
Sept. 25 Webinar to Discuss New ACS and CPS Data on the Nation’s Uninsured
In response to the release of two reports from the U.S. Census Bureau—the September 12 release of the 2011 Current Population Survey (CPS) and September 20 release of the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS)—researchers at the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) will host a webinar on Tuesday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) to review the estimates and discuss comparisons between the two surveys. Joined by experts at the U.S. Census Bureau, the SHADAC team will discuss how together, the ACS and CPS provide detailed, state-level estimates of population characteristics and serve as a valuable source of information for states that do not conduct their own state-specific insurance surveys.
In addition to the webinar, SHADAC will release an update of its annual report, Comparing Federal Surveys that Count the Uninsured, which also includes findings from two other federal surveys, the National Health Interview Survey and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey–Household Component. The brief presents the most recent available state-level estimates from all four surveys, and finds that although estimates consistently indicate that the number of uninsured is large and has grown over time, different sampling methodologies, survey questions, data collection, and editing procedures can lead to different results.
The September 25 webinar is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.