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The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) in Rockville, MD, has updated its Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Web site at www.meps.ahcpr.gov with a new public use MEPS data file.
Now available for downloading is the supplement to MEPS HC-003 (the full-year, person-level population characteristics and utilization data for 1996). Variables in this release include person-level record identifiers, family weight, and employment variables for calendar year 1996.
Another new resource from AHCPR provides minority health data. The agency’s new chart-book, Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health, 1996, contains estimates of health insurance coverage, access to health care, and health status for blacks, Hispanics, and whites in the United States. One finding is that Hispanics are the least likely group to have health insurance.
Also, you can now subscribe to the MEPS list serv by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and typing SUBSCRIBE MEPS-L YOUR FULL NAME in the body of the message. The subject line of the message should be left blank. Within 24 hours, you will receive a confirmation from the list moderator. The purpose of the MEPS listserv is to promote a free exchange of ideas, questions, and answers regarding the use of MEPS data between public data users and the MEPS staff.