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MEPS HC-204: 2018 Full Year Population Characteristics File
Release date: February 2020

Released as an ASCII file (with related SAS, SPSS, and STATA programming statements) and a SAS transport dataset, this public use file provides information collected on a nationally representative sample of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the United States for calendar year 2018. This file consists of MEPS survey data obtained in Rounds 3, 4, and 5 of Panel 22 and Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of Panel 23 (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2018) and contains variables pertaining to survey administration, demographics, person-level conditions, health status, disability days, quality of care, employment, health insurance, and person-level medical care use counts. The 2018 Full-Year expenditure and income data will be forthcoming.



Documentation PDF (930 KB) / HTML
Codebook PDF (4.0 MB) / HTML*
SAS Programming Statements TXT (328 KB)
SPSS Programming Statements TXT (219 KB)
STATA Programming Statements TXT (267 KB)
2007 Industry Codes File PDF (238 KB) / HTML
2010 Occupation Codes File PDF (236 KB) / HTML

Data File, ASCII format ZIP (5.4 MB) / EXE (5.9 MB)
Data File, SAS transport format ZIP (6.8 MB) / EXE (7.4 MB)


Questionnaires — see Survey Questionnaires
*The PDF version of the codebook is recommended for printing; the HTML version is database driven and lets you navigate quickly to details on each variable.
**Right-click on the data file link, then select Save Target As or Save Link As to download the file.

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