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The Effects of Health Care Benefits on Health Care Use and Health: A Randomized Trial for Disability Insurance Beneficiaries


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  • Charles Michalopoulos
  • David Wittenburg
  • Dina A.R. Israel
  • Anne Warren


Under current law, most Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries are not eligible for Medicare until 29 months after the Social Security Administration confirms the onset of their disability. During this waiting period, more than one in five beneficiaries lacks health insurance. This article investigates the effects of providing health care benefits on the health, employment, and other services of uninsured beneficiaries. Individuals with health care benefits used more health care, had fewer unmet medical needs, spent less out of pocket on health care, and reported improved health. In addition, they were more likely to look for work, but the supports did not affect work or SSDI benefits at this very early period.

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Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 7527.

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Length: 8
Date of creation: 30 Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:7527

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Keywords: Uninsured; Social Security Disability Insurance; Health Insurance; Random Assignment;

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