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The Effects of Medicaid and Medicare Reforms on the Elderly’s Savings and Medical Expenditures

  • Mariacristina De Nardi

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and NBER)

  • Eric French

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

  • John Bailey Jones

    (University at Albany, SUNY)

We study a model in which retired single people optimally choose consumption, medical spending and saving while facing uncertainty about their health, lifespan and medical needs. This uncertainty is partially offset by insurance provided by the government and private institutions. We first show how well the model matches important features of the data and we analyze the degree of insurance provided by current programs. We then analyze the effects of some reforms, meant to capture changes in Medicaid and Medicare, on savings and medical expenditures.

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Paper provided by University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center in its series Working Papers with number wp236.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:mrr:papers:wp236
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  1. Amy Finkelstein & Robin McKnight, 2005. "What Did Medicare Do (And Was It Worth It)?," NBER Working Papers 11609, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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