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Disability Insurance and Health Insurance Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts

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  • Nicole Maestas
  • Kathleen J. Mullen
  • Alexander Strand

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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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  • Nicole Maestas & Kathleen J. Mullen & Alexander Strand, 2014. "Disability Insurance and Health Insurance Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 104(5), pages 329-335, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:104:y:2014:i:5:p:329-35
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.5.329
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    1. Jody Schimmel Hyde & Priyanka Anand & Maggie Colby & Lauren Hula & Paul O'Leary, "undated". "The Impact of Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions on Applications to Federal Disability Programs," Mathematica Policy Research Reports dffdcdfba16f4084890300ac0, Mathematica Policy Research.
    2. repec:eee:pubeco:v:149:y:2017:i:c:p:20-34 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Mark Duggan & Melissa S. Kearney & Stephanie Rennane, 2015. "The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program," NBER Working Papers 21209, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. repec:mrr:papers:wp341 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Mark Duggan & Melissa S. Kearney & Stephanie Rennane, 2015. "The Supplemental Security Income Program," NBER Chapters,in: Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, volume 2, pages 1-58 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. repec:eee:eecrev:v:101:y:2018:i:c:p:512-527 is not listed on IDEAS

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    JEL classification:

    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I13 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Insurance, Public and Private
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination

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