This data release, MEPS HC-042, is intended to supplement MEPS variables previously released for 1997, and contains three data files. File 1 of HC-042 is a person-level file, containing health insurance, disability, access to care, language of interview, long-term care, alternative care, preventive care and child care arrangement variables. In order to use these variables, this file should be linked to the 1997 Full Year Consolidated Data File (HC-020) which contains all previously released 1997 person-level data including demographic and socio-economic information. Please refer to the HC-020 documentation for further information. File 2 of HC-042 is an event-level file, containing a variable (SEETLKPV) provided to supplement the variables in the 1997 event-level Outpatient Department Visits File (HC-016F). Please refer to the HC-016F documentation for further information. File 3 of HC-042 contains data from the MEPS Caregiver (CG) supplement, which for individuals in MEPS with certain limitations, collected information on: 1) care provided by other household members; and 2) individuals (outside of the household) who could potentially provide assistance. The unit of analysis of File 3 is the MEPS person-potential caregiver.
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