Last week, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research announced that the Center’s AskCHIS online database now allows for review of health data by industry and occupation. AskCHIS – an online query system that provides health statistics at the county, regional, and state level – relies on the responses of more than 50,000 Californians interviewed annually by the California Health Interview Survey.
AskCHIS already features a variety of data points, such as access and utilization, health insurance status, public program participation, and health behaviors.
Using the new functionality, UCLA highlighted differences in insurance rates between specific industries in California. According to 2014 data, while more than 90 percent of workers in education, health care, and social assistance had health insurance, by contrast, nearly 40 percent of workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, and mining lacked health insurance. The new AskCHIS categories offer an additional tool to evaluate health reform implementation and remaining challenges.
The 14 industry and 13 occupation categories are listed below.