American Economic Review: Vol. 104 No. 5 (May 2014)

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Disability Insurance and Health Insurance Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts

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Maestas, Nicole, Kathleen J. Mullen, and Alexander Strand. 2014. "Disability Insurance and Health Insurance Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts." American Economic Review, 104(5): 329-35.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.5.329

Abstract

As health insurance becomes available outside of the employment relationship as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)–potentially going without health insurance coverage during a waiting period totaling 29 months from disability onset–will decline for many people with employer-sponsored health insurance. At the same time, the value of SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) participation will decline for individuals who otherwise lacked access to health insurance. We study the 2006 Massachusetts health insurance reform to estimate the potential effects of the ACA on SSDI and SSI applications.

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Maestas, Nicole (RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA)
Mullen, Kathleen J. (RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA)
Strand, Alexander (US Social Security Administration)

JEL Classifications

G22: Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
H51: National Government Expenditures and Health
H75: State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
I13: Health Insurance, Public and Private
I18: Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
J14: Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-labor Market Discrimination


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