The Census Bureau is getting ready to show what the new public health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion programs have done to the U.S. health insurance market.
Managers of one bureau survey effort, the National Health Interview Health Survey (NHIS), plan to post the results Sept. 16 of NHIS interviews conducted from January through March. The Sept. 16 data release is supposed to include the first Census Bureau count of the number of people who bought qualified health plan (QHP) coverage from a public exchange.
The NHIS early release will also give the data on the number of people who have high-deductible coverage with a health savings account or health reimbursement arrangement and the number who have high-deductible coverage without a personal health account.
The NHIS team conducted the interviews to be used in the September release while the first Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) individual QHP open enrollment period was still in progress. Results from interviews conducted from January through June — when the open enrollment period was over — are supposed to come out in December, bureau officials said today at a meeting.