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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 42: Non-Elderly Adults Ever Uninsured During the Calendar Year, 2013-2016 Using information from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC), this Research Findings report examines changes in the percentage of non-elderly adults who were uninsured for at least 1 month during each calendar year (the "ever uninsured rate"). The report presents 2013-2016 estimates of the percentage and number of non-elderly adults, ages 18-64, in the civilian noninstitutionalized population, who were "ever uninsured" during the calendar year overall and by demographic characteristics and Medicaid expansion status.

Working Paper 19002: Compilation of Small Projects to Improve MEPS Medical Provider Component (MPC) Quality This Working Paper is a compilation of the findings from five separate projects—conducted between 2012 and 2017—that examined approaches to improving the quality of MEPS Medical Provider Component (MPC) data. Each project was undertaken to identify and assess areas to improve data collection strategies and to ensure efficiencies. The primary focus was to address ways to quickly identify separately billing doctors (SBD) in the MPC. These efforts were intended to increase accuracy and reduce resources needed during the process of identifying eligible SBDs with a view to ensure quality and timeliness in the data.

New Data
AHRQ has released three event-level MEPS data files containing 2017 data: The 2017 Dental Visits File (HC-197B); the 2017 Other Medical Expenses File (HC-197C); and the 2017 Home Health File (HC-197H).

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