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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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MEPS Topics
bullet Access to Health Care bullet Health Insurance bullet Prescription Drugs
bullet Children's Health bullet Medical Conditions bullet Projected Data/Expenditures
bullet Children's Insurance Coverage bullet Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP bullet Quality of Health Care
bullet Elderly Health Care bullet Men's Health bullet State and Metro Area Estimates
bullet Health Care Costs/Expenditures bullet Mental Health bullet The Uninsured
bullet Health Care Disparities bullet Obesity bullet Women's Health
 
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What's New Highlights
Upcoming Events
Registration is now OPEN for the MEPS Data Users' Workshop, April 10, 2018, Rockville, MD. More details. . .

New Data Files
2016 Full Year Population Characteristics File (HC-184) consists of MEPS survey data obtained in Rounds 3 through 5 of Panel 20 and Rounds 1 through 3 of Panel 21, the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2016, and contains variables pertaining to survey administration, demographic, person-level conditions, health status, disability days, quality of care, employment, health insurance, and person-level medical care use counts. The file is released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, and STATA programming statements, and in SAS Transport format.

2016 Jobs File (HC-185) consists of job-related information collected in Rounds 3 through 5 of Panel 20 and Rounds 1 through 3 of Panel 21, the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2016, and contains variables pertaining to earnings by type, start and stop dates, hours and weeks worked, establishment size and industry, occupation, presence of retirement and other benefits, self-employment versus other status, temporary or seasonal situations, and health insurance availability. The file is released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, and STATA programming statements, and in SAS Transport format.

New Tabular Data
New interface for redesigned MEPS tables is now live! AHRQ has redesigned the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component summary tables to be more user friendly. The interface has been revamped to make navigation easier through multiple queries. New features include the ability to view trends over time, automated plot generation, and R and SAS code to replicate the selected tables. The online summary tables now provide an interactive platform that allows users to quickly access summary estimates at the national level on household medical utilization and expenditures, demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, health insurance coverage, access to care and satisfaction with care, medical conditions, and prescribed medicine purchases.

MEPS summary tables for Prescribed Drugs have been updated to include 1996-2013 data. These online summary tables provide updated information about prescription drug use and expenditures by therapeutic class and drug.

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