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The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage. Learn more about MEPS.

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MEPS Topics
bullet Access to Health Care bullet Health Insurance bullet Prescription Drugs
bullet Children's Health bullet Medical Conditions bullet Projected Data/Expenditures
bullet Children's Insurance Coverage bullet Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP bullet Quality of Health Care
bullet Elderly Health Care bullet Men's Health bullet State and Metro Area Estimates
bullet Health Care Costs/Expenditures bullet Mental Health bullet The Uninsured
bullet Health Care Disparities bullet Obesity bullet Women's Health
 
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What's New Highlights
Analytical Tools
New interface for redesigned MEPS tables is now live! AHRQ has redesigned the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component summary tables to be more user friendly. The interface has been revamped to make navigation easier through multiple queries. New features include the ability to view trends over time, automated plot generation, and R and SAS code to replicate the selected tables. The online summary tables now provide an interactive platform that allows users to quickly access summary estimates at the national level on household medical utilization and expenditures, demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, health insurance coverage, access to care and satisfaction with care, medical conditions, and prescribed medicine purchases.

The MEPS summary tables have been updated with 2016 data.

New Data Files
This updated file provides combined variance stratum and PSU variables for use with pooled data from the MEPS Full Year 1996-2016 public use files MEPS HC-036: 1996-2016 Pooled Linkage Variance Estimation File.

This updated file provides balanced repeated replication (BRR) half-sample indicators for variance estimation for use with pooled or individual year data from the MEPS Full Year 1996-2016 public use files MEPS HC-036BRR: 1996-2016 Replicates for Variance Estimation File.

New Publications
Methodology Report 32: Design, Methods, and Field Results of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Medical Provider Component (MEPS MPC) including the Medical Organizations Survey (MOS)-2016 Data Year This report focuses on the MEPS Medical Provider Component (MPC) data collection efforts that collected information from medical providers on health care events that took place between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. The report describes the MPC sample design, survey methodology, procedures for data collection, sample sizes and response rates as well as the relationship between the MEPS Household Component (HC) survey and the MPC survey. Additionally, it includes information on the Medical Organizations Survey (MOS), which was new in the 2015 MPC data year collection and was fielded again in the 2016 MPC.

MEPS Insurance Component Chartbook 2017 This chartbook provides both single-year and multiyear trend analyses using private-sector MEPS-IC data from 2004 to 2017. To best convey key information from the MEPS-IC, the report is presented in five sections: Health Insurance Offer Rates; Employee Eligibility and Enrollment; Health Insurance Premiums; Employee and Employer Premium Contributions; and Employee Cost Sharing. Each section provides charts and discussion with links to MEPS-IC data tables that contain the estimates and standard errors for each exhibit.

To access a list of all the latest items posted on our Web site, visit What's New.