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The Accelerated Benefits Demonstration: Impacts on the Employment of Disability Insurance Beneficiaries

  • Michelle Stegman Baily
  • Robert R. Weathers II
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    We use data from the Accelerated Benefits demonstration to estimate the impacts of providing newly entitled disability insurance (DI) beneficiaries with health insurance and additional services during the DI program's 24-month Medicare waiting period. While health insurance alone did not increase employment, the additional employment services appeared to have positive short-term impacts on labor market activity. We find a statistically significant increase in employment and earnings in the second calendar year after random assignment; although these findings disappear in the third calendar year. Our results may have implications for disability reform proposals and provisions within the Affordable Care Act.

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    Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 104 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 5 (May)
    Pages: 336-41

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    Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:104:y:2014:i:5:p:336-41
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    1. Robert R. Weathers II & Jeffrey Hemmeter, 2011. "The impact of changing financial work incentives on the earnings of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 30(4), pages 708-728, 09.
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    3. Richard Burkhauser & Mary C. Daly, 2011. "The Declining Work and Welfare of People with Disabilities," Books, American Enterprise Institute, number 7631, 7.
    4. Weathers, Robert R. & Stegman, Michelle, 2012. "The effect of expanding access to health insurance on the health and mortality of Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 863-875.
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