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The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of large-scale 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. Learn more about MEPS.

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What's New Highlights
Upcoming Event
Registration is now open for the one-day MEPS workshop Using MEPS Data in Gerontological Health Services Research at the 2008, GSA 61st Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in National Harbor, MD. The workshop will take place on November 21, 2008. For more information, go to GSA.

New Publications
For the period 2002 through 2005, Asian children ages 2 through 17 were less likely than white children to have a usual source of care, office visit, or dental visit. For instance, 85.7 percent of Asian children had a usual source of care, compared with 92.7 percent of white children. —From Statistical Brief 224: Differences in Access to Care for Non-Hispanic Asian and Non-Hispanic White Children, 2002-2005.

Asian adults, 38.9 percent of whom were uninsured for 6 to 12 months, had a college or advanced degree, compared with 20.6 percent of white adults—a difference of 18.3 percentage points. —From Statistical Brief 225: Characteristics of Non-Hispanic Asian and Non-Hispanic White Adults Uninsured for 6 to 12 Months during a Year, 2002-2005.

New Data Files
Two new public use data files drawn from the 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey have been released: 2006 Hospital Inpatient Stays File and 2006 Person Round Plan Public Use File.

New Summary Tables
MEPS releases a new series of medical conditions tables providing mean expenses per person with selected conditions distributed across types of services. The tables are customizable and are available from 1996-2005. For more information, go to 1996-2005 MEPS Household Expenditures by Medical Condition Tables (Table 3.a): Mean Expenses per Person with Care for Selected Conditions by Type of Service.

To access a list of all the latest items posted on our Web site, visit What's New.