Health Care Access, Telemedicine, 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 period for Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey occurred between April 23, 2020 and July 21, 2020. Phase 2 data collection occurred between August 19, 2020 and October 26, 2020. Phase 3 data collection occurred between October 28, 2020 and March 29, 2021.Phase 3.1 data collection occurred between April 14, 2021 and July 5, 2021. Data collection for Phase 3.2 began on July 21, 2021 and will continue through October 11, 2021.

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, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and disability status.

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, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and disability status.

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, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and disability status.

problems accessing care

Tabulated data included problems accessing care due to COVID-19 by age, education, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and disability status. Questions were only included in Phases 1, 2, 3, and 3.1 of the survey.

Over the shoulder shot of a patient talking to a doctor using of a digital tablet

Tabulated data will be updated every two weeks, involving telemedicine use in the last four weeks among adults and in households with children. Estimates for adults are available by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, education, and disability status.  Estimates for households with children are available by total household income, race and Hispanic origin, education, armed forces status, and health insurance of the adult respondent.

Disabled man on wheelchair crossing the road.

Tabulated data will be updated every two weeks. Estimates of symptoms of an anxiety or depressive disorder, mental health care use, reduced access to care, telemedicine use, and health insurance coverage will be available by disability status and by the following demographic characteristics: age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and education.

Page last reviewed: October 6, 2021