Health Care Access and Mental Health

To monitor trends in mental health, health insurance coverage, and problems accessing care, NCHS partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau on an experimental data system called the Household Pulse Survey. This 20-minute online survey was designed to complement the ability of the federal statistical system to rapidly respond and provide relevant information about the scope of the impact of COVID-19 in the United States.

The data collection for Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey occurred between April 23, 2020 and July 21, 2020. Phase 2 of the Household Pulse Survey began data collection on August 19, 2020 and will continue through October 26, 2020.

Household Pulse Survey
mental health

Tabulated data will be updated every two weeks, monitoring symptoms of anxiety and depressed mood. Data are available by age, education, gender, and race and Hispanic origin.

Updated every two weeks on Wednesdays, by 5 p.m. EST
mental health care

Tabulated data will be updated every two weeks, monitoring receipt of prescription medication for mental health, counseling or therapy for mental health, or unmet mental health care need. Data are available by presence of symptoms of anxiety or depression, age, education, gender, and race and Hispanic origin.

Updated every two weeks on Wednesdays, by 5 p.m. EST
health insurance

Tabulated data will be updated every two weeks, involving health insurance coverage (e.g. uninsured, public coverage, private coverage) for adults 18-64. Data are available by age, education, gender, and race and Hispanic origin.

Updated every two weeks on Wednesdays, by 5 p.m. EST
problems accessing care

Tabulated data will be updated every two weeks, involving problems accessing care due to COVID-19. Data are available by age, education, gender, and race and Hispanic origin.

Updated every two weeks on Wednesdays, by 5 p.m. EST
Page last reviewed: September 23, 2020