Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a large set of 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.
MEPS has two major components:
- The Household Component (MEPS-HC) provides data from individual households and their members, which is supplemented by data from their medical providers.
- The Insurance Component (MEPS-IC) is a separate survey of employers that provides data on employer-based health insurance.
MEPS is a panel survey with several rounds of interviewing. More information on the study design is available at the MEPS survey design web page.
State-level estimates are available for both components:
Microdata are available for the household component, and MEPS offers data user workshop.
Microdata are not available for the Insurance Component.
To enhance the policy-relevance of the MEPS-IC employer coverage estimates, SHADAC provides annual special tabulations according to the following firm sizes:
- Fewer than 50 employees
- 50 to 99 employees
- 100 or more employees