The Person Round Plan (PRPL) public use file is one in a series of data releases drawn from the 2020 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (HC). This file contains records for persons insured through private establishments providing hospital/physician, medigap, dental, vision or prescription medication coverage and includes variables pertaining to managed care and experiences with plans. These are designed to facilitate research on the sometimes complex and dynamic relationships between consumers and their private insurance. Released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, STATA, and R programming statements, a SAS transport file, a SAS V9 file, a XLSX file, and a Stata file, the PRPL file is not a person-level file. Linking it to a MEPS full-year, person-level file requires users to make analytic decisions with an understanding of the complexity of the PRPL file. For more details on loading MEPS PUFs into R, SAS, and Stata, please visit the MEPS GitHub page.
*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.