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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Protest the Planned Changes to the National Health Interview Survey

The Minnesota Population Center (directed by Past PAA President Steven Ruggles) has alerted the rest of us to some planned changes to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS):
The most significant proposed change is the elimination of the family questionnaire that collects basic demographic, socioeconomic, health status, disability, and health insurance information about everyone in the sampled household. The revised survey will only collect this information for one sampled adult and one sampled child per household. It is also unclear whether the collection of family income and poverty information will also be discontinued.
There are other changes being contemplated, and the government instituted a very short comment period before finalizing their decision. Go to this website of the Minnesota Population Center to get more details, including instructions for making your complaints known to the government.

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