This file is a two-year longitudinal file derived from the respondents to the MEPS Panel 21 sample. Released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, and STATA programming statements, a SAS transport file, a SAS V9 file, a XLSX file, and a Stata file, the persons on this data set represent those who were in the MEPS population (U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized) for all or part of the 2016-2017 period. The file contains a longitudinal weight variable (LONGWT) and all variables from the 2016 and 2017 full-year consolidated data files (HC-192 and HC-201, respectively). The weight variable (LONGWT), when applied to the persons who participated in both 2016 and 2017, 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, LONGWT can be used to develop cross-sectional type estimates for the two-year period and for each year individually based on only the Panel 21 sample.
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