This file is a two-year longitudinal file derived from the respondents to the MEPS Panel 2 1997 sample. The persons on this data set represent those who were in the MEPS population for all or part of the 1997 - 1998 period. The file contains a weight variable (LONGWTP2) that, when applied to the persons who participated in both 1997 and 1998, will enable the user to make national estimates of person-level changes in selected variables (e.g., health insurance, health status, utilization and expenditures). In addition, LONGWTP2 can be used to develop cross-sectional type estimates for the civilian noninstitutionalized population in each year based on only the Panel 2 sample. To obtain analytic variables, the records on this file must be linked to the 1997 and 1998 MEPS public use data files (HC20 and HC28) using the sample person identifier (DUPERSID).
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