This file is provided for use with pooled or individual year data from the MEPS FY 1996-2020 public use files (HC-012, HC-020, HC-028, HC-038, HC-050, HC-060, HC-070, HC-079, HC-089, HC-097, HC-105, HC-113, HC-121, HC-129, HC-138, HC-147, HC-155, HC-163, HC-171, HC-181, HC-192, HC-201, HC-209, HC-216, and HC-224). Released as an ASCII file (with SAS, STATA, SPSS, and R user statements), a SAS transport file, a SAS V9 file, a XLSX file, and a Stata file, this person-level file contains the standard MEPS person ID variables for linking with the 1996-2020 MEPS person-level public use files and a set of 128 sample indicators. These flags can be used in conjunction with the sample weights from the full-year sample files to construct the BRR replicate weights needed to calculate BRR variances. There is one record for each of the 442,093 persons who are on the MEPS FY 1996-2020 public use files. The 1996-2020 combined variance stratum and PSU variables are released on HC-036.
For more details on loading MEPS PUFs into R, SAS, and Stata, please visit the MEPS GitHub page.
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