Health Reform and Health Insurance Coverage among Early Retirees

Published: 2016
Project ID: UM16-15


Financial security is a significant and well-documented benefit of health insurance. Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) made new health insurance options available to individuals without access to affordable employer-sponsored coverage. This coverage may be particularly important for early retirees, who are both more likely to have a nest egg to protect and more likely to experience health shocks than are younger individuals. We propose to use Census Bureau data that will become available in fall 2015 to calculate the first estimates of how the ACA has changed the profile of health insurance coverage among early retirees.