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Reminder to Submit Comments: Adding Marketplace Questions to the ACS

Federal Register Notice: Comments Due December 30, 2014

This is a reminder to submit comments by December 30th in response to a recent Federal Register notice about the American Community Survey (ACS)

The notice addresses the potential removal of seven questions (1 housing, 1 education, 5 marriage) from the ACS based on the results of the 2014 Content Review. This change may create an opportunity to add questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace to the ACS, since adding new items to the survey is dependent upon the removal of others. With this in mind, the current comment period presents a chance to voice support for adding insurance questions related to the Health Insurance Marketplace. 

A 2013 effort to add Marketplace questions to the ACS health insurance series failed perhaps in part because members of the health policy community did not submit letters/comments in support of adding the questions. Accordingly, we urge you to take the opportunity to comment in writing, explaining the value of retaining the point-in-time measure of insurance coverage in the ACS and adding Health Insurance Marketplace questions to the ACS. 
 

Direct Comments by December 30, 2014, to:

Jennifer Jessup
Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer
Department of Commerce, Room 6616
14th and Constitution Avenue NW.
Washington, DC 20230

You can also send comments via e-mail to jjessup@doc.gov.
 

Suggested Wording

"The ACS represents an invaluable annual source of health insurance information at the national, state and local level. With its large sample size, it is also the source of information on insurance coverage, or lack of coverage, among subpopulations of interest, including disparities populations. The introduction of the Health Insurance Marketplace dramatically changed the way health insurance is purchased; however, the ACS health insurance series is not designed to pick up enrollment in the Marketplace. Tracking enrollment in the Marketplace is important given the resources invested to provide broad access to quality health insurance products. As the Census Bureau contemplates removing items outlined in the Federal Register, please consider adding ‘Marketplace’ to the list of sources of coverage and adding additional questions on premiums and premium subsidies aimed at tracking the health insurance market."

Feel free to add personal comments on the value of the ACS health insurance series for your work.


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