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Disability Insurance and Healthcare Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts

  • Nicole Maestas

    (RAND)

  • Kathleen J. Mullen

    (RAND)

  • Alexander Strand

    (Social Security Adminstration)

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 healthcare reform to estimate the potential effects of the ACA on SSDI and SSI applications.

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Paper provided by University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center in its series Working Papers with number wp289.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2013
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Handle: RePEc:mrr:papers:wp289
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  1. Jonathan T. Kolstad & Amanda E. Kowalski, 2010. "The Impact of Health Care Reform On Hospital and Preventive Care: Evidence from Massachusetts," NBER Working Papers 16012, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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