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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.

The MEPSnet/Insurance Component has been updated with 2018 private-sector estimates.

New Tabular Data
2018 MEPS-IC Health Insurance Tables – Private-sector estimates (national) and Private-sector estimates (state and metro) are now available.

New Publications
Working Paper 19003: Cross-Federal Survey Measures of Disability: Making Meaning Out of Chaos Prevalence estimates of persons with disabilities are important for public health planning purposes. But it is often difficult to compare estimates derived across data sources due to survey differences: in purpose, scope, and target populations; in data collection processes, including questions and response categories; and in analysis, where specific measures will be constructed post data collection based on the availability of questions. Because of a desire to include more disability data in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's National Disparities and Quality Reports (NHDR/QR), a process was initiated in 2005 to examine this phenomenon for activity limitations. Activity limitations is an important component of the disability construct and provides a way of systematically looking at this important measurement issue for three national surveys: the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, National Health Interview Survey, and Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. This process culminated in the development of comparable disability measures for the three surveys which measures have been used in the NHDR/QR since 2007. American Community Survey estimates are provided for comparison purposes.

Statistical Brief 524: Trends in Health Insurance at Private Employers, 2008-2018 This Statistical Brief discusses the 2018 national survey estimates and also examines changes in the survey estimates over the years 2008-2018. In addition to statistics for all private-sector employers, it considers results for small employers and large employers.

Statistical Brief 523: Number of Adult Visits by Characteristics of Practices Identified as Usual Source of Care Providers during 2016—Results from the MEPS Medical Organizations Survey The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) supplemental Medical Organizations Survey (MOS) is designed to provide nationally representative estimates of the characteristics of patients' USCs and to support analyses of the association between practice characteristics and patients' experiences with care, including access to care, service use, quality of care, and expenditures. This is the first federal survey that has the capability of directly linking practice characteristics with patients' experiences. The MEPS MOS was funded in part by support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the data were collected for calendar years 2015 and 2016. Estimates presented in this Brief reflect the number of adult visits by characteristics of practices identified as usual source of care providers during 2016.

New Data
AHRQ has released four event-level MEPS data files containing 2017 data: The 2017 Hospital Inpatient Stays File (HC-197D); the 2017 Emergency Room Visits File (HC-197E); the 2017 Outpatient Visits File (HC-197F); and the 2017 Office-Based Medical Provider Visits File (HC-197G).

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