This file is a two-year longitudinal file derived from the respondents to the MEPS Panel 24 sample. The persons on this data set represent those who were in the MEPS population (U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized) for all or part of the 2019-2020 period. The file contains a longitudinal weight variable (LONGWT) and all variables from the 2019 and 2020 full-year consolidated data files (HC-216 and HC-224, respectively). The weight variable (LONGWT), when applied to the persons who participated in both 2019 and 2020, 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 24 sample.
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