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Disability Insurance and Healthcare Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts

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  • Nicole Maestas

    (RAND)

  • Kathleen J. Mullen

    (RAND)

  • Alexander Strand

    (Social Security Adminstration)

Abstract

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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  • Nicole Maestas & Kathleen J. Mullen & Alexander Strand, 2013. "Disability Insurance and Healthcare Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts," Working Papers wp289, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:mrr:papers:wp289
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    1. Kolstad, Jonathan T. & Kowalski, Amanda E., 2012. "The impact of health care reform on hospital and preventive care: Evidence from Massachusetts," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(11), pages 909-929.
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    1. Matthew J. Hill & Nicole Maestas & Kathleen J. Mullen, 2014. "Source of health insurance coverage and employment survival among newly disabled workers: Evidence from the health and retirement study," Economics Working Papers 1451, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
    2. Maura Bardos & Hannah Burak & Yonatan Ben-Shalom, "undated". "Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Return-to-Work Programs," Mathematica Policy Research Reports f026d4c34bc543218ea80d710, Mathematica Policy Research.

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