Changing Health Insurance Options and SSI Participation Among the Elderly

Published: 2005
Project ID: UM05-16


This project seeks to study interactions among SSI, OASDI, and Medicare and Medicaid. It will use data from the HRS and SIPP, matched to SSA administrative records, to estimate individuals’ choices about SSI application. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program can provide a gateway into Medicaid for the elderly poor, so individuals’ health insurance options may influence their decision to apply for SSI. The impacts on their choice of state-level categorical Medicaid eligibility rules for SSI recipients and the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program will advance our understanding of interactions between SSI, OASDI, and the public insurance programs Medicare and Medicaid.