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Is the 2010 Affordable Care Act Minimum Standard to Identify Disability in All National Datasets Good Enough for Policy Purposes?

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  • Richard V. Burkhauser

    (Cornell University and University of Melbourne)

  • T. Lynn Fisher

    (Social Security Administration)

  • Andrew J. Houtenville

    (University of New Hampshire)

  • Jennifer R. Tennant

    (Ithaca College)

Abstract

Using linked 2009 Current Population Survey (CPS)-Annual Social and Economic Supplement/Social Security Administration records data and a definition of disability based on the six-question disability sequence (6QS) in the CPS-Basic Monthly Survey, we perform a face validity test that shows that the 6QS captures only 66.3 percent of those who administrative records confirm are receiving Social Security benefits based on their disability. Adding a work-activity question to the 6QS increases our capture rate by another 23.1 percentage points for a total of 89.3 percent. We find little difference in the distribution of conditions between those who only report a 6QS-based disability and those who only report a work activity-based disability. The four function-related questions in the 6QS do a relatively good job of capturing those receiving benefits based on these conditions. But the work-activity question does a far better job of capturing those receiving benefits than the two activity-related questions in the 6QS.

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Paper provided by University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center in its series Working Papers with number wp267.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2014
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Handle: RePEc:mrr:papers:wp267

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