The Impact of Public Health Insurance on Financial Resources and Medical Expense Risk at Older Ages

We will estimate the total, Medicare, Medicaid, and out-of-pocket medical expenditures among the elderly across the income gradient. We will assess the risk of medical spending and how it is reduced through Medicaid and Medicare. We will also estimate the…

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How Well Can Medicare Records Identify Seniors with Cognitive Impairment Needing Assistance with Financial Management?

Aging countries should have an interest in policies to assist older beneficiaries in managing finances when there is a need. This project investigated the value of Medicare records as a guide to identifying persons with cognitive impairment in need of…

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Racial Difference in the Use of VA Health Services

We study the factors that affect the utilization of health care services administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its racial differences. Due to data limitation, previous research in this regard mostly only focuses on veterans who are…

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Medicare Expenditures, Social Security Reform, and the Labor Force Participation of Older Americans

The changes to the Social Security Old Age benefits system introduced in the last decade, which will continue later this decade, have impacted individuals' labor supply and retirement decisions, and therefore their health insurance coverage. This paper provides an empirical…

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Social Security Benefit Claiming and Medicare Utilization

Are early Social Security claimers too sick to work? We linked Health and Retirement Study data to Medicare claims to study health care utilization at ages 65 and 70. We find that Social Security Disability Insurance recipients use more health…

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