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Form an MEPSnet/IC Query Step-by-Step

Step 1: Select a main category of interest. 

  • You will have the option to choose between private-sector establishments, or State and local governments.

    • If you choose private-sector establishments, later you will have the opportunity to obtain statistics for specific firm characteristics, specific States, and specific firm size categories.
    • If you choose State and local governments, later you will have the opportunity to obtain statistics for specific Census divisions  and specific government types and sizes.
  • After choosing between private-sector establishments or State and local governments you will have also the option to choose between establishments/governments, employees, or premiums and contributions.

Step 2: Refine query to further identify the types of employees or plans of interest. 

  • If you chose to look at employees, you can choose to obtain statistics for full-time employees, part-time employees, both full-time and part-time employees separately,  all employees combined.
  • If you chose to look at premiums and contributions, you must choose to obtain statistics for either single coverage plans or family coverage plans.
  • If you chose to look at premiums and contributions of plans offered by private-sector establishments, you can choose to obtain statistics for specific provider types. You can obtain statistics for exclusive-provider, mixed-provider, any-provider plans, or you can choose all provider types combined.
  • If you chose to look at private-sector establishments or State and local governments, the step for specific provider type is omitted, but later you can choose specific types of establishments or governments.

Step 3: Select statistics that you are interested in. 

  • The statistics that you can choose depend on your previous selections.
  • If you chose private-sector establishments, you will be able to select a variety of statistics including the percent of establishments that offer health insurance, the percent of establishments that offer health insurance and self-insure at least one plan, and several statistics indicating the percentage of establishments offering health insurance that require no contribution from the employee for specific types of plans.
  • If you chose employees of private-sector establishments or of State and local governments, you will be able to select statistics such as the percent of employees that are enrolled in health insurance among employees of establishments/governments offering health insurance.
  • If you chose premiums and contributions for private-sector establishments or for State and local governments, you will be able to obtain the average premium, average employee contribution, and percent of premiums contributed by employees.
  • If you chose State and local governments, you will not be able to select any statistics. You can only generate percentages of establishments offering health insurance with various plan options.

Step 4: Refine your query to look at specific groups or establishments or governments. 

  • For private sector establishments, employees of private-sector establishments, and premiums and contributions of plans from private-sector establishments, you may look at specific firm size ranges, industry groups, ownership categories, ranges of the age of firms, firms with multiple locations or single location firms, ranges of the percent of employees that are full-time, firms with or  without a union presence, ranges of the percent of employees that have a low wage, and states.

    • Typically, you can first select on state or any one characteristic of the firm other than firm size, and then also select on firm size.
    • If you chose percent distribution by firm size, you will not be able to select firm size ranges.
    • If you choose percentages of establishments offering health insurance with various plan options, you will not be able to select on firm size and another characteristic of the firm.
    • Data is not available for every state for each year. See State Availability in the MEPS Insurance Component by Year below.
  • For State and local governments, employees of State and local governments, and premiums and contributions of plans from State and local governments, you may look at government types and sizes, and Census divisions.

    • Typically, you can select on Census division and government type and size.
    • If you chose percent distribution by government type and size, you will not be able to select government type/size ranges.
    • If you choose to obtain statistics on State and local governments (and not on employees of or premiums/contributions for governments), you will be able to select on either Census division or government type and size, but not both.
  • You may choose to see results for all categories for one of these characteristics, provided that you did not choose both part-time and full-time employees, premiums or contributions for both single and family plans, or premiums or contributions for all provider types separately.

 

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