University of Washington Survey on Health-related Attitudes of Washington Residents (UW SHARE)
UW SHARE is a representative mail survey of 18-64 years old residents of the Washington State. It is being conducted during December 2013-January 2014. The purpose of the mail survey is to obtain a comprehensive assessment of the state residents' health, access to health insurance, and health care use. The goal is to have a better understanding of the potential impact of Affordable Care Act - also called "Obamacare" - for the State of Washington.
About 40,000 resident households with at least one person between 18-64 years of age were selected at random from the publicly available list of registered voters in Washington State that contained about 4 million registered voters. Residents in some of the smaller counties were oversampled in order to obtain county-level estimates from our data.
Summary results using data from these surveys will be made publicly available on this website. Below, we present some of the frequently asked questions regarding this survey.
- November 10, 2014 - UW-SHARE results published as an NBER paper and discussed in a Washington Post article. more . . .
- CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE UW SHARE RAFFLE
- Patricia E. Swift, Pierce County, WA
- Gregory D. Frosty, Whatcom County, WA
- , Yakima County, WA
- January 14, 2014 - We are continuing to receive the completed mail survey from many respondents. If you have already responded to our survey but have received an additional copy of the survey in mail, please ignore that. We had sent out the final reminder survey before we could track who had responded from our first mailing.
- January 2, 2014 - The survey questionnaire was originally mailed during the first week of December 2013. It has been brought to our attention that some of the addressees may not have received the surveys or have misplaced them. We will be sending out a duplicate copy of the suvery during the first week of January 2014.
- December 15, 2013 - Due to the mail volume during this time of the year, many survey participants may have received their survey close to December 15, 2013. Therefore, we will include all surveys we receive by December 18, 2013 to include in the first drawing for the winner of the tablet computer. The second and third drawings are scheduled on January 17, 2014 and February 1, 2014 respectively.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following are frequently-asked questions regarding UW SHARE. If your questions are not answered below, please feel free to contact any of the research team members.
- Who is conducting the survey?
Funding for the survey comes from the Department of Health Services at the School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle. Research faculty within the Department of Health Services is working with the UW Creative Communications to conduct this survey.
- How was I chosen for the survey?
Potential participants for the UW SHARE Survey are selected at random from the publicly available voter registration database for the Washington State residences. By selecting participants randomly, we will be able to statistically infer what the whole population of Washington State looks like. It's important to participate, so that we have an accurate picture of Washington families and the potential impact that ACA may have on them.
- How will the survey results be used?
The goal is to have a better understanding of the potential impact of Affordable Care Act - also called "Obamacare" - for the State of Washington. By getting an accurate estimate of the residents' health, health care and insurance, we can reliably predict the effects of Obamacare for the State. This will help inform the State and federal government about what steps they may take to alleviate any challenges that the residents are facing. We are planning to conduct another survey next year to study the impact of Obamacare on State residents.
- How many people are you mailing this survey to?
The survey sample size is 40,000 Washington State households.
- How long does the survey take?
The survey takes between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.
- What types of questions are on the survey?
The survey includes questions about health, health care use, Health insurance coverage, employment, income and education.
- Do I have to answer your questions?
Participation is completely voluntary. You can refuse to answer any question. More complete information provides a better picture of Washington residents, however.
- Why do you ask about income?
Eligibility for many programs, including purchase of health insurance through the Washington Health Insurance Exchange, Medicaid eligibility and receiving subsidy to buy health insurance, is dependent upon a person's income. In order to develop an understanding about who needs insurance, we need to know how many people have certain levels of income. The state also tracks the percent of persons in Washington living below the federal poverty level.
- Will my answers affect my Social Security benefits or public assistance grant?
No. The information collected in the survey is strictly confidential and will not be released to the Social Security Administration, the Department of Social and Health Services, or anyone else.
- How do I know you'll keep my information confidential?
We are required by law to keep your information confidential. After all the interviews are completed, the identifying information - your name, address, and phone number - are removed from the data file and destroyed.
- Will the survey ask for the names of household members?
The survey will not ask for names. We ask that the person in charge of making health insurance decisions in the household answer this survey. If there is no such person in the household, we ask the eldest person between 18-64 years of age to respond.
- Can I get a copy of the results?
Results of the UW SHARE will be posted on this website sometime during 2014.