Data Center

About SHADAC Data Center

The University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help states monitor rates of health insurance coverage, understand factors associated with access to care, and to utilize data for implementation of health reform. Our goal is to help bridge the gap between data and the policy making process.


SHADAC's Data Center is a user-friendly and easily accessible way to get health insurance coverage, access, and cost estimates from federal population surveys. You can create maps, bar charts, trends, and tables. It's a great way to explore coverage, access to care, and access to and cost of employer-sponsored insurance within states by characteristics (i.e. age,  race/ethnicity, and education level). You can also compare across states and look at trends over time.


The graphics are easily downloadable and you can export the underlying data for your own analysis.

Estimates are available from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), the CPS (SHADAC-Enhanced) to account for changes in methodology over time, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey - Insurance Component (MEPS-IC).

Suggested Citation


The following citation is suggested for references to SHADAC's Data Center page content.


Citation using author/date system:


(SHADAC [year of page access])


Reference using author/date system:


SHADAC Data Center Web page. [year of page access]. "Data Center," (accessed [Day, Year])


Data Center table, chart, and map output includes source information, which should also be used as source information for those specific estimates (for example, as the source information on a table).