The Health Reform Monitoring Survey, or HRMS, is an innovative new Urban Institute research program that is exploring the value of cutting-edge Internet-based survey methods to monitor the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before data from federal government surveys are available.
The HRMS provides data on health insurance coverage, access to and use of health care, health care affordability, and self-reported health status. Where possible, its questions are based on questions used in federal government surveys—including the American Community Survey, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey, and the National Health Interview Survey—and the data collected are benchmarked against those federal data.
Beginning in the second quarter of 2013, each round of the HRMS also contains topical questions focusing on timely ACA policy issues. In the first quarter of 2015, the HRMS shifted from a quarterly fielding schedule to a semiannual schedule.
For each round in which the survey is conducted, we make the survey instruments for the HRMS publicly available on this webpage roughly at the same time that we release new research products that use data from that survey round. In addition, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Urban Institute is partnering with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan to make HRMS data available for public use through RWJF’s Health and Medical Archive on the ICPSR website nine months after each survey is fielded. The public use files contain data for the HRMS samples of approximately 7,500 adults, ages 18 to 64, derived from responses to the core and topical module questions in each round of the survey. We provide documentation to assist users of the data. The data are de-identified, and some variables in each dataset have been excluded or modified to protect the confidentiality of survey respondents.
Public Use Files
The HRMS public use files are available through the following links to RWJF’s Health and Medical Archive on the ICPSR website: