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A Comparison of Employee Benefits Data from the MEPS-IC and Form 5500


  • Kristin McCue


This paper compares data on employers\u2019 health and pension offerings from the two sources: publicly available administrative data from Form 5500 filings and survey data from the Insurance Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-IC). The basic findings are that the 5500 filings cover too few health plans to be very useful as a substitute or supplement to the MEPS-IC measure of whether or not employers offer health insurance. The pension information in the 5500 filings is potentially more useful as a supplement to the MEPSIC for research purposes where additional pension information would be useful in studying employers\u2019 decisions to offer health insurance.

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  • Kristin McCue, 2008. "A Comparison of Employee Benefits Data from the MEPS-IC and Form 5500," Working Papers 08-32, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:08-32

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