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The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage. Learn more about MEPS.

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MEPS Topics
bullet Access to Health Care bullet Health Insurance bullet Prescription Drugs
bullet Children's Health bullet Medical Conditions bullet Projected Data/Expenditures
bullet Children's Insurance Coverage bullet Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP bullet Quality of Health Care
bullet Elderly Health Care bullet Men's Health bullet State and Metro Area Estimates
bullet Health Care Costs/Expenditures bullet Mental Health bullet The Uninsured
bullet Health Care Disparities bullet Obesity bullet Women's Health
 
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What's New Highlights
Upcoming Events
Registration is now OPEN for the MEPS Two-Day Data Users' Workshop. September 9–10, 2015, Rockville, MD. More details. . .

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS): Using MEPS Data in Health Policy Analysis, November 1, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Chicago, IL.

New Data Files
Several new event-level public use files from the 2013 MEPS-HC have been released: MEPS HC-160D: 2013 Hospital Inpatient Stays File, MEPS HC-160E: 2013 Emergency Room Visits File, MEPS HC-160F: 2013 Outpatient Visits File, and MEPS HC-160G: 2013 Office-Based Medical Provider Visits File.

These three new data files containing 2013 data were released in June: the 2013 Dental Visits File (HC-160B); the 2013 Other Medicall Expenses File (HC-160C); and the 2013 Home Health File (HC-160H).

New Tabular Data
2014 MEPS-IC Health Insurance Tables – Private-sector estimates (state and metro) are now available. The method for calculating standard errors for the MEPS-IC was changed effective with the 2014 tables. Details can be found under Reliability of Estimates.

2014 MEPS-IC Health Insurance Tables – Private-sector estimates (national) are now available. The method for calculating standard errors for the MEPS-IC was changed effective with the 2014 tables. Details can be found under Reliability of Estimates.

New Analytical Tools
The MEPSnet/Insurance Component (state and metro) has been updated with 2014 private-sector estimates. The method for calculating standard errors for the MEPS-IC was changed effective with the 2014 tables. Details can be found under Reliability of Estimates.

The MEPSnet/Insurance Component (national) has been updated with 2014 private-sector estimates. The tables of private-sector data (I and IV) are now available. The method for calculating standard errors for the MEPS-IC was changed effective with the 2014 tables. Details can be found under Reliability of Estimates.

New Publications
Statistical Brief #477 examines data from the 2008-2014 MEPS-IC on offers of employer-sponsored insurance, employee eligibility, take-up, and coverage rates, and total premiums, employee contributions, and deductibles. – Statistical Brief 477: Results from the 2014 MEPS-IC Private-Sector National Tables

Among employed individuals ages 16-64, those with the lowest hourly wage (less than $10/hour) were the most likely to be uninsured. For such individuals 33.7 percent were uninsured the entire year while 49.9 percent were uninsured for one or more months during 2013. – From Statistical Brief 476: Spells of Uninsurance: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 65, 2013

According to the MEPS-HC, 27.1 percent (73.0 million people) of the population under age 65 were uninsured at some time in 2013 and 15.6 percent (42.0 million people) were uninsured for the entire calendar year. In subgroups, 43.1 percent (13.1 million people) of young adults ages 19-25 were uninsured at some point in 2013 and 22.9 percent (6.9 million people) were uninsured for the entire calendar year. – From Statistical Brief 475: Health Insurance Status of Young Adults, Ages 19-25, 2013

To access a list of all the latest items posted on our Web site, visit What's New.

 
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