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These HCUP Statistical Briefs provide statistics on hospital costs and use in the United States focused on specific types of insurers or payers—Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance.
These HCUP Statistical Briefs provide statistics on hospital costs and use in the United States focused on the uninsured population.
The MEPS Household Component fields questionnaires to individual household members to collect nationally representative data on demographic characteristics, health conditions, health status, use of medical care services, charges and payments, access to care, satisfaction with care, health insurance coverage, income, and employment.
The MEPS Insurance Component fields questionnaires to private and public sector employers to collect data on the number and types of private health insurance plans offered, benefits associated with these plans, annual premiums, annual contributions by employers and employees, eligibility requirements, and employer characteristics.
Using the age and the insurance coverage variables from the MEPS allows for analysis of children's health insurance coverage. MEPS also collects data on coverage provided by the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Health insurance coverage of the U.S. population by person and family-level characteristics is collected through the MEPS Household Component. Job-based health insurance coverage offered by employers is collected through the MEPS Insurance Component.
MEPS provides state-level health insurance data for employer-sponsored plans through the MEPS-Insurance Component. Beginning in 2004, MEPS-IC also provides a subset of these data for selected metropolitan areas.
The MEPS identifies persons who were uninsured for a full year, uninsured for a given point-in-time, and uninsured for a period of time during the course of a year (known as ever uninsured). In addition to the tables, query tool, and publications listed below, data on the uninsured and their utilization of health services, expenses, and previous health insurance coverage can be downloaded from data files for further analyses.
MEPSnet is a collection of analytical tools that operate on MEPS data in two categories: MEPSnet/Household Component provides easy access to nationally representative statistics of health care use, expenditures, sources of payment, and insurance coverage for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population. MEPSnet/HC allows you to generate statistics using MEPS Household Component public use files. MEPSnet/Insurance Component provides easy access to national and state level statistics and trends about health insurance offered by private establishments and state and local governments. MEPSnet/IC guides you step-by-step in locating statistics of interest across all available years using data from the MEPS Insurance Component Summary Data Tables.