Public Use Data for Evaluation of the ARRA COBRA Subsidy

Release Date: April 2015
Time Period of Data Collection: March 2013 - February 2014
Brief Description: Survey data files: COBRA Subsidy Survey
Geographic Coverage: State
Study Populations: Unemployed
Unit(s) of Observation: Individuals
Topics: Worker Protection, Labor Standards, and Workplace-Related Benefits
Research method: Impact Evaluation
DOL Partner Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration
Sampling Method: The sample frame was constructed using administrative data on UI claimants from nine geographically diverse states including: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. From each state, approximately 3,000 individuals who experienced a job loss in 2010 and who had received a first UI benefit payment were selected. Because not all UI recipients belong to the target population of those who were COBRA eligible, the study used a two-stage data collection process. Stage 1 screened sample members for eligibility for the survey by documenting whether they had employer sponsored health insurance at the time of their job loss. Those who reported that they had employer-sponsored health insurance at the time of their job loss were administered the telephone survey.

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