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Federal Survey Data Release Schedule

American Community Survey (ACS

An ongoing general household survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau that provides annual estimates of health insurance coverage at the national, state, and sub-state geographies. 

September 15, 2020
• State-level 2019 uninsurance estimates release in the Current Population Report from Census.

September 17, 2020
• 1-Year 2019 data release on Explore Census Data*

October 15, 2020
• 1-Year 2019 Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) File

December 10, 2020
• 5-Year (2015-2019) Data Release on Explore Census Data*

January 14, 2021
• 5-Year (2015-2019) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) File

Current Population Survey (CPS)

A monthly household survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data on income and health insurance coverage is collected in its Annual Social and Economic Supplement administered in February through April. Annual health insurance estimates are provided for the nation and states. 

September 15 & 17, 2020
• 2019 National Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Statistics data release on Explore Census Data

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 

MEPS is a two component survey sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The MEPS-Insurance Component (IC) is a survey of employers that provide data on employer-based health insurance. The MEPS-Household Component (HC) is a panel household survey that is supplemented with data from the respondents' medical providers. 

July 2020

• 2019 MEPS-IC Health Insurance Tables – Private-Sector National Estimates
• 2019 MEPS-IC Health Insurance Tables – Private-Sector State and Metro Area Estimates

August 2020

• 2018 Full Year Consolidated File
• 2018 Person Round Plan File

• 2018 Medical Conditions File
• Appendix to MEPS 2018 Event Files

View the Full MEPS Data Release Schedule via AHRQ

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS

A continuous cross-sectional household interview survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It provides information on the health of the U.S. population and includes questions about health insurance coverage, health care utilization and access, and health conditions and behaviors, in addition to demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. 

May 2020
• Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2019

Fall 2020
Data Release files (currently only available through 2018)

• Additional estimates for sub-annual time periods are released through the NHIS Early Release Program in September, November/December, and February/March each year

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS

A state-based survey sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focuses on population health, risk factors, and health behaviors for the adult population. 

August 2020
• Annual Survey Data for 2019

*Only Annual Survey Data through 2018 currently available.


Note: Based on previous data release calendars. 

* Starting in 2019 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and Current Population Survey (CPS) data will no longer be available through American FactFinder, but will now be posted to their new "Explore Census Data" site.

For more information on these surveys see SHADAC's Brief Using Recent Revisions to Federal Surveys for Measuring the Effects of the Affordable Care Act. 

Page last updated May 2020