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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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What's New Highlights
New Publications
In 2012, health care expenses among the U.S. community population totaled $1.35 trillion. The top 5 most costly medical conditions in terms of health care expenditures were heart disease, trauma-related disorders, cancer, mental disorders, and COPD/asthma. – From Statistical Brief 455: The Concentration of Health Care Expenditures and Related Expenses for Costly Medical Conditions, 2012

Among adults ages 18-64, the likelihood of having mental health-related expenses increased with age (figure 2) from only 9.5 percent of those ages 18-26, to 12.8 percent of those ages 27-39, to 15.9 percent of those ages 40-54, and 18.5 percent of those ages 55-64. – From Statistical Brief 454: Expenditures for Mental Health among Adults, Ages 18-64, 2009-2011: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population

This Statistical Brief examines trends and variation among establishments in availability of employer-sponsored health insurance for retirees in the private sector by firm size, type of indemnification, industry, percent low-wage employees, and retiree age (less than 65 versus 65 and older). – From Statistical Brief 453: Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance for Retirees in the Private Sector, 2003 to 2013

With the exception of 2009, the percentage of employees enrolled in small firms exceeded the enrollees of firms with 50 to 99 employees in each year. – From Statistical Brief 452: Employees in Smaller Private-Sector Firms: Trends in Offers, Enrollment Rates, and Deductibles, by Firm Size, 2008-2013

This Statistical Brief focuses on the experiences of adult cancer survivors with their doctors or other health care providers and the discussions and suggestions they received about follow-up care and lifestyle changes after the cancer treatment. – From Statistical Brief 451: Experiences with Health Care Providers among Cancer Survivors, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2011

New Data Files
This two-year longitudinal file, MEPS HC-156: MEPS Panel 16 Longitudinal Data File, derives from respondents to the Panel 16 sample from MEPS. Persons in data set represent those in the MEPS population for all or part of the 2011-2012 period.

This updated file provides combined variance stratum and PSU variables for use with pooled data from the MEPS Full Year 1996-2012 public use files MEPS HC-036: MEPS 1996-2012 Pooled Linkage Variance Estimation File.

This updated file provides balanced repeated replication (BRR) half-sample indicators for variance estimation for use with pooled or individual year data from the MEPS Full Year 1996-2012 public use files MEPS HC-036BRR: MEPS 1996-2012 Replicates for Variance Estimation File.

The 2012 Full Year Consolidated Data File (MEPS HC-155) consolidates all of the final 2012 person-level variables onto one file. This file contains demographic, health status, access to care, employment, quality of care, health insurance, income, and expenditure variables.

New Tabular Data
2012 Expenditures by Medical Condition Tables and Expenditures by Medical Condition Tables for Two-Year Pooled Data, 2011-2012 are now available.

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

Health Data All-Star, 2013