About IPUMS MEPS

IPUMS MEPS is an NICHD-funded project designed to make Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC) data easier for researchers to use. MEPS-HC is an ongoing panel survey, started in 1996, that is produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The goals of the IPUMS MEPS project are to:

  1. Harmonize the MEPS-HC data over time, with consistent variable names and coding
  2. Integrate the display of variable coding and technical documentation on the web, easing data discovery and appropriate use of the data
  3. Make it easier to use the MEPS-HC data longitudinally
  4. Facilitate the linkage of MEPS-HC data with National Health Interview Survey data by identifying common variables, implementing consistent variable naming conventions, and instituting comparable coding

Project Timeline

IPUMS MEPS is in its first funding cycle. We currently deliver nearly 1,000 annual person-level variables from the 1996-present Full Year Consolidated files, on topics such as healthcare expenditures, health insurance coverage, health conditions, and demographic characteristics. Within our current five-year funding cycle, we anticipate delivering all round-level variables from the 1996-present Full Year Consolidated files.