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We construct industry-level measures of mean health risk from the MEPS-HC data from 2003 through 2010.
This sample of MEPS-HC respondents includes privately insured workers at establishments with 25-100 workers.
The MEPS-HC provides data from individual households and the MEPS-IC is an independent survey of employers, providing data on employer-based health insurance.
The data for the study were primarily drawn from the 2004-2010 MEPS-HC, an ongoing, overlapping panel survey sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
(18) The current MEPS, administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, consists of two major components: a household survey of families and individuals (the household component, or MEPS-HC) and an establishment survey of private and public sector employers (the insurance component, or MEPS-IC).
The households selected for the MEPS-HC are a subsample of those participating in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an ongoing annual household survey of approximately forty-five thousand households conducted by NCHS/CDC to obtain national estimates of health care utilization, health conditions, health status, insurance coverage, and access to care.
The 2001 MEPS-HC includes information on an individual's age, race, employment status, marital status, wages, family size, healthcare total and out-of-pocket expenditures, and other demographic data.
"Phase VI Research Results: Estimating the Medicaid Undercount in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC)" [accessed on May 2, 2012].
In addition, the MEPS-HC contains questions rigorously developed for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) about getting needed care right away, getting appointments for routine care when wanted, problems seeing specialists, and problems getting care, tests, or treatment.
The MEPS-HC collects nationwide data on the cost and use of health care and on health insurance coverage at the household and the individual level.
A very important constraint in our modeling was that any variable used in the plan choice model from the employer data also had to be available in the MEPS-HC to permit a simulation.
The MEPS-HC is an annual survey of the civilian noninstitutionalized population sponsored by AHRQ and the National Center for Health Statistics.
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