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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
Analytical Tools
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.

The MEPS summary tables have been updated with 2016 data.

New Publications
Research Findings 41: Use of Clinical Preventive Services in the United States: Estimates from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), 2015 This report examines the extent to which U.S. adults age 35 and older were reported to have received age/sex appropriate preventive care services (as of early 2015) in accordance with U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations. The applicable population subgroups (defined by age and sex) and recommended periodicity of service receipt differ across the services examined. Variation in the extent that these preventive services were received within recommended periodicities by type of service, age/sex group, and selected sociodemographic characteristics is also examined.

Statistical Brief 522: Trends in Prescribed Medication Expenditures by Age and Type of Prescription Drug Coverage, 2009 to 2016 MEPS-HC Prescribed medicines may save lives and improve quality of life, but rising expenditures on prescribed medicines are an area of concern for U.S. policymakers and health care consumers. Data on trends in person level prescribed medication expenditures by age and prescription drug coverage status provide information that is valuable to both decisionmakers and the public. This Statistical Brief examines trends in average and median total person level expenditures, average and median out-of-pocket expenditures, and average total and out-of-pocket expenditures by age and type of prescription drug coverage, for persons with at least one prescribed medication purchase during the years from 2009 to 2016.

Working Paper 19001: HHS Data Council Workgroup Report on Health Insurance Coverage Estimates: An Evaluation of Existing Capacity, Content, Comparability, and Alignment The HHS Data Council was asked by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation to undertake a review of HHS' major survey portfolio to assess and identify opportunities for alignment, improved comparability, best practices, and major gaps in measures and questions in selected areas of HHS and national policy and programmatic priorities. Health insurance estimates were one focus of this review. This report examines health insurance coverage estimates obtained from the following four core surveys: the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), sponsored by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); and the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau.

New Data
The Point-in-Time public use data file is now available: MEPS 2018 P22R3/P23R1 Population Characteristics (HC-196).

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