Insurance Recode (2007+)

Starting with the 1973-2010 SEER Research Data (November 2012 submission), the Insurance Recode (2007+) variable is available in the research database for years from 2007 forward. The variable has five categories derived from the NAACCR field, Primary Payer at Diagnosis. The recoded categories are:

1 - Uninsured
Not insured
Not insured, self pay
2 - Any Medicaid
Indian/Public Health Service
Medicaid
Medicaid - Administered through a Managed Care plan
Medicare with Medicaid eligibility
3 - Insured
Private Insurance: Fee-for-Service
Private Insurance: Managed care, HMO, or PPO, TRICARE
Medicare - Administered through a Managed Care plan
Medicare with private supplement
Medicare with supplement, NOS and Military
4 - Insured, No Specifics
Medicare/Medicare, NOS
Insurance, NOS
5 - Insurance status unknown
6 - Blank(s)

Caution is urged when using this variable. Most patients who were 65 years of age and older at the time of diagnosis that were classified as "Uninsured", having "Private Insurance", or as "Insurance status unknown" were Medicare eligible, while patients diagnosed before 65 years of age were not. Stratification of this variable by these age groups may be warranted.