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Elimination of Medicare's Waiting Period for Seriously Disabled Adults: Impact on Coverage and Costs


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  • Stacy Berg Dale
  • James M. Verdier
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    Over 1.2 million seriously disabled Americans under age 65—including as many as 400,000 without health insurance—are currently in the two-year waiting period for Medicare coverage, according to this new report. Eliminating this waiting period would provide stable health insurance to a vulnerable group of adults who are unable to work. Some disabled adults in the waiting period also qualify for state Medicaid programs. Dropping the two-year Medicare wait would save cash-strapped states an estimated $1.8 billion a year in Medicaid costs. For a printed copy contact The Commonwealth Fund at 888-777-2744 and ask for publication #660.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 3611.

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    Length: 12
    Date of creation: 30 Jul 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:3611

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    Keywords: Medicare; Disability; Coverage; Costs;

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