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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
Analytical Tools
The MEPS Household Component summary tables have been updated with 2017 data.

Upcoming Events
Registration is now OPEN for the MEPS One-Day Data Users' Workshop, September 23, 2019, Rockville, MD. More details. . .

New Publications
MEPS Insurance Component Chartbook 2018 This chartbook provides both single-year and multiyear trend analyses using private-sector MEPS-IC data from 2005 to 2018. To best convey key information from the MEPS-IC, the report is presented in five sections: Health Insurance Offer Rates; Employee Eligibility and Enrollment; Health Insurance Premiums; Employee and Employer Premium Contributions; and Employee Cost Sharing. Each section provides charts and discussion with links to MEPS-IC data tables that contain the estimates and standard errors for each exhibit.

MEPS Insurance Component 2018 Presentation Slides Powerpoint slides with charts from the 2018 MEPS-Insurance Component Chartbook are available for use in presentations.

Statistical Brief 525: Premiums and Employee Contributions to Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance by Workforce Gender and Firm Size, Private Industry, 2018 This Statistical Brief reports estimates of private sector employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) premiums, and employee contributions by firm size and the percentage of the establishment's workforce who are women. The estimates were obtained using private sector data from the 2018 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component (MEPS-IC).

Working Paper 19004: An Evaluation of the Quality of Data Reported in the MEPS Medical Organization Survey, 2015-2016 A Medical Organization Survey (MOS), sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was incorporated into both the 2015 and 2016 MEPS Medical Provider Component (MPC) data collection cycles. The MOS initiative has enabled researchers to expand analyses of MEPS data to incorporate the potential effect of physician practice characteristics on health care access, utilization, and expenditures among persons who saw their usual source of care. This working paper provides insight regarding the quality of the MOS data through descriptive analyses of data from practices that were in the sample and responded in both 2015 and 2016.

Research Findings 43: Average Annual Opioid Use among Adults Treated for Conditions Associated with Chronic Pain versus Other Conditions, 2013-2015 Based on pooled data for 2013-2015 from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC), this Research Findings report examines the extent of opioid use among adults in the civilian noninstitutionalized population by selected medical condition groupings. In particular, persons treated for conditions associated with chronic pain are compared to persons treated for other types of conditions. The results provide baseline data that can help inform patients, providers, and policymakers as they continue to monitor the effects of the opioid crisis and the impacts of efforts to address it.

New Data
The MEPS HC-202: Panel 21 Longitudinal Data File is a two-year longitudinal file derived from the respondents to the MEPS Panel 21 sample. The persons on this data set represent those who were in the MEPS population for all or part of the 2016-2017 period. The file contains a longitudinal weight variable and all variables from the 2016 and 2017 full-year consolidated data files.

The MEPS HC-200: 2017 Person Round Plan File provides information on privately insured persons and their private health insurance plans and links to the jobs providing insurance.

The MEPS HC-199: 2017 Medical Conditions File provides information on household-reported medical conditions collected on a nationally representative sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the U.S. for calendar year 2017. ICD-10-CM codes are provided.

The MEPS HC-197I: Appendix to 2017 Event Files is the appendix to MEPS releases HC-197A through HC-197H and contains two data files: 1) the condition-event link file; and 2) the prescribed medicines-event link file.

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