Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS): Version 1.1

Lynn A. Blewett, Julia A. Rivera Drew, Risa Griffin and Kari C.W. Williams. IPUMS Health Surveys: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Version 1.1 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2019.


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). IPUMS MEPS Version 1.1 contains data and documentation for more than 1,000 annual person-level variables from the 1996-2017 full-year consolidated files. These variables are consistently named and coded over time within MEPS, and where possible, they are named and coded consistently with comparable variables from the National Health Interview Survey. Version 1.1 also includes technical documentation on topics such as sample sizes, appropriate variance estimation in analyses of MEPS data, and explanations of expenditure data collection and definition in MEPS.


Data are available by request to registered IPUMS-MEPS users. Please contact Archived versions of the data have been stored in fixed format files with accompanying documentation and set-up files. The full data set has been broken into appropriate subsets reflecting the content and usage of the data.

Revision history

Revision history: IPUMS-MEPS data are continually revised. We archive annual snapshots and document changes between snapshots. The changes made to Version 1.1 before we archived Version 2.1 occurred between 9-24-2019 and 5-10-2022 on the current revisions page.