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Activity Number: 451
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 9, 2006 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Social Statistics Section
Abstract - #305195
Title: Why Are Survey Counts of Medicaid Enrollees Lower Than Administrative Enrollment Counts?
Author(s): Michael Davern*+ and David Baugh and Christine Cox and Kim Lochner and Jacob Klerman
Companies: University of Minnesota and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and National Center for Health Statistics and National Center for Health Statistics and Rand Corporation
Address: 2221 University Ave., SE, Suite 345, Minneapolis, MN, 55414,
Keywords: Medicaid ; administrative data ; current population survey ; National Health Interview Survey ; 2001 supplemental survey

Survey counts of those enrolled in Medicaid are significantly lower than administrative data counts. Because surveys are the only source of information on key policy populations, such as the uninsured and those eligible for Medicaid but not enrolled, this disparity can have significant implications, depending on why the two counts are systematically different. We are examining matched survey data and administrative data from the Current Population Survey, the National Health Interview Survey, and the Medicaid Statistical Information System to better understand how people who are enrolled in Medicaid answer the two surveys. This will allow us to understand the roll that survey measurement error plays in explaining the difference. We also examine the impact of survey item non-response (imputation), survey editing, unit non-response and sample coverage have on explaining the difference.

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