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Download Data Files, Documentation, and Codebooks
Each data file contains the following:

  • Documentation file
    contains technical and programming information on how the data were collected and how file variables were edited, as well as survey sampling information and crosswalks from variables to the survey instruments.
  • Codebooks
    contain a list of variables, their labels, and unweighted and weighted frequencies.
  • Programming statements files
    and other files including data files in ASCII format.

For programming examples using MEPS data files, go to the SAS programming examples.

For SAS and Stata exercises presented in the last MEPS workshop as well as example R programs, please visit the MEPS repository on AHRQ's GitHub page externallink.

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Household Component Full-Year file details
Expenditure and utilization data for the calendar year from several rounds of data collection.
Household Component Event file details
Data for the calendar year on unique household-reported medical events.
Household Component Point-in-Time file details
Data for the beginning of the year providing early glimpses of what full-year estimates will likely be.
Household Component National Health Interview Survey Link file details
Cross-walk files that allow merging of Household Component files and NHIS files.
NHEA-Aligned MEPS Projected Expenditure Data File details
Data from the 2002 MEPS aligned with the 2002 National Health Expenditure Accounts and projected annually through 2016.
Household Component/Insurance Component Link file details
Linkage information for the employers of Household Component jobholders who are contacted through the Insurance Component.
Pooled Linkage file details
Person-level file that contains the combined variance stratum and PSU variables for year 1 and year 2 for use with MEPS full-year consolidated files.
Nursing Home Component file details
Documentation for the 1996 Nursing Home Component data files.

   Page last revised:  November 30, 2017