Health and Retirement Survey - Medicare Linked Data

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS)-Medicare linked dataset includes HRS survey information linked to CMS claims and assessment data for the HRS study population. The HRS has been fielded since 1992 and surveys more than 30,000 people age 50 and older.

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is designed to:

  • facilitate understanding of the relationship between medical history and financial status
  • examine how use of health care may change as people age.

The longitudinal survey data is linked to CMS data to provide information on health care utilization and beneficiary assessment.

CMS is no longer distributing this file. See MedRIC's website to request this data.

What does this file include? (variable highlights)

  • HRS data include:
    • Demographic and background information, including household
    • Physical and mental health
    • Cognition
    • Functional limitations
    • Employment
    • Disability
    • Health insurance
    • Assets and Income
    • Wills, including advanced directives
  • Linked files include:

Special considerations

Availability of this file


CY 1991-2015

CMS is no longer distributing this file. See MedRIC's website to request this data.

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