User Guide

What is MEPS?

The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (hereafter, MEPS) is an ongoing panel survey, started in 1996, that is produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The MEPS is fielded to a subset of households that responded to the previous year's National Health Interview Survey. Members of these households are interviewed five times over a two year period in a sequential panel design, so that members of two different panels are interviewed for the MEPS in a given calendar year.

Getting Started with IPUMS MEPS

Additional User Notes Covering Complex Variables, MEPS Data Collection Procedures, and Other MEPS Topics