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AHRQ is pleased to announce the recent release of the following data
products and publications: 

MEPS Data: 

MEPS HC-116: 2008 Jobs File 
Release Date: May 2010 

This public use data file contains jobs-level data from the 2008 Medical
Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC). Released as an
ASCII file with SAS and SPSS programming statements and in SAS transport
format, this public use file provides information collected on a
nationally representative sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized
population of the United States during the calendar year 2008. The file
contains job-level information collected in Rounds 3-5 for the eleventh
Panel and Rounds 1-3 for the twelfth Panel of the Medical Expenditure
Panel Survey (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar
year 2008); it includes variables pertaining to household-reported jobs,
including wages, hours, industry, and occupation. The data is on the
MEPS Web site at:
http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.j
sp?cboPufNumber=HC-116
<http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.
jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-116>  

  

MEPS HC-115: 2008 Full Year Population Characteristics Data File 
Release Date: May 2010 

Released as an ASCII file (with related SAS and SPSS programming
statements) and a SAS transport dataset, this public use file provides
information collected on a nationally representative sample of the
civilian non-institutionalized population of the United States for
calendar year 2008. This file consists of MEPS survey data obtained in
Rounds 3, 4, and 5 of Panel 12 and Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of Panel 13 (i.e.,
the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2008) and contains
variables pertaining to survey administration, demographics, employment,
health status, quality of care, patient satisfaction, health insurance
and person-level medical care use counts. The 2008 Full-Year expenditure
and income data will be forthcoming. The HC-115 file is on the MEPS Web
site at: 
http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.j
sp?cboPufNumber=HC-115
<http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.
jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-115>  

  

1996-2008 MEPS Link Files to NHIS 
Release Date: May 2010 

All thirteen (1996-2008) MEPS/NHIS Link Files are included on one
CD-ROM. The MEPS/NHIS Link Files CD is available by request only. The
2008 MEPS/NHIS Link File contains a cross-walk that will allow data
users to merge the MEPS 2008 Full-Year Population Characteristics public
use data file, HC-115, with the NHIS 2006/2007 person-level public use
data files. In this linkage file, a record exists for each person in the
HC-115 file. Sample persons in NHIS that do not link to any MEPS sample
persons are not represented in the linkage file. Sample persons in the
HC-115 file who do not link with the 2006 NHIS or 2007 NHIS respondent
person sample have a value of 9999 for the NHIS link id. The HC-115 file
covers calendar year 2008 and contains data from Rounds 3, 4, and 5 of
the MEPS Panel 12 (which uses the 2006 NHIS as its sampling frame)
combined with data from Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the MEPS Panel 13 (which
uses the 2007 NHIS as its sampling frame). The 1996-2007 MEPS/NHIS Link
Files are constructed similarly. Confidentiality forms must be filled
out and submitted to AHRQ before this file can be obtained. See HC-NHIS
Link File ordering instructions
<http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/more_info_download_data_fil
es.jsp>  for more information on how to obtain this file. 

  

MEPS Tabular Data: 

State-Level Medical Expenditure Tables for 2007  
Release Date: April 2010  

The State-Level Medical Expenditure Tables are on the MEPS Web site at:
http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/quick_tables_results.jsp?com
ponent=1&subcomponent=0&year=2007&tableSeries=8&searchText=&searchMethod
=1&Action=Search
<http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/quick_tables_results.jsp?co
mponent=1&subcomponent=0&year=2007&tableSeries=8&searchText=&searchMetho
d=1&Action=Search>  

  

MEPS Publications: 

Statistical Brief #282: Percentage of Persons Unable to Get or Delayed
in Getting Needed Medical Care, Dental Care, or Prescription Medicines:
United States, 2007 
Release Date: April 2010    

In 2007, approximately 1 in 10 persons in the U.S. civilian
noninstitutionalized population (approximately 30 million persons) were
unable to get or delayed in getting needed medical care, dental care, or
prescription medicines in the last 12 months. In 2007, an estimated 5.5
percent of the population were unable to get or delayed in getting
needed dental care which was higher than the 4.7 percent of persons who
were unable to get or delayed in getting needed medical care and the 3.1
percent of persons who were unable to get or delayed in getting needed
prescription medicines. The data is on the MEPS Web site at:
http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?
pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=949
<http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp
?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=949>  

  

Statistical Brief #281: Health Insurance Status of Low Income,
Non-Elderly Persons by Demographic Characteristics, 2007 
Release Date: March 2010    

In 2007, there were 77.8 million persons under age 65 living in families
with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold. More
than one-quarter (25.9 percent) of persons living in these non-elderly
low income families were uninsured for the entire year, less than
one-third (32.5 percent) had any private insurance coverage during the
year, and 41.6 percent had public only coverage. The data is on the MEPS
Web site at:
http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?
pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=948
<http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp
?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=948>  

  

Statistical Brief #280: Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic
Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65
and Older, 2007 
Release Date: February 2010    

This Statistical Brief provides a summary of the top five therapeutic
classes of outpatient prescription drugs when ordered by total expense
for Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older. In 2007, the top five
therapeutic classes of prescribed drugs purchased by Medicare
beneficiaries ages 65 and older (ranked by total expense) were metabolic
agents, cardiovascular agents, central nervous system agents,
gastrointestinal agents, and hormones. The data is on the MEPS Web site
at:
http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?
pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=947
<http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp
?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=947>  

  

Statistical Brief #279: Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic
Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Adults Age 18 and Older, U.S.
Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2007 
Release Date: February 2010    

This Statistical Brief provides a summary of the top five therapeutic
classes of outpatient prescription drugs for adults age 18 and older
when ranked by total expense, as reported by households in the U.S.
civilian noninstitutionalized population in calendar year 2007. Only
prescribed medicines purchases in an outpatient setting are included in
the estimates. Insulin and diabetic supplies and equipment are also
included in MEPS prescribed medicines estimates. The data is on the MEPS
Web site at:
http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?
pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=946
<http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp
?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=946>  

  

Statistical Brief #278: The Concentration and Persistence in the Level
of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population,
2006-2007 
Release Date: March 2010    

In 2007, health care expenses among the U.S. community population
totaled $1.13 trillion. Medical care expenses, however, are highly
concentrated among a relatively small proportion of individuals in the
community population. In 2006, the top 1 percent of the U.S. population
accounted for 21.1 percent of the total health care expenditures, and in
2007, the top 1 percent accounted for 22.8 percent of the total
expenditures. The data is on the MEPS Web site at:
http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?
pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=945
<http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp
?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=945>  

  

Statistical Brief #277: Trends in Outpatient Prescription
Gastrointestinal Agents Purchases and Expenditures for the U.S. Civilian
Noninstitutionalized Population, 1997 and 2007 
Release Date: January 2010    

The estimates are for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population
and are derived from the 1997 and 2007 Household Component of the
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC). For outpatient prescription
gastrointestinal agents, the Brief compares 1997 and 2007 total
expenditures, total number of purchases, and average annual expenditure
per person with a purchase and average expenditure per purchase. When
comparing 1997 and 2007, MEPS estimates showed an increase in total
expenditures of 170 percent rising from $7.0 billion in 1997 to $18.9
billion in 2007 for prescription gastrointestinal agents. The data is on
the MEPS Web site at:
http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?
pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=943
<http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp
?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=943>  

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