SSDI and Healthcare Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts

Published: 2012
Project ID: UM12-17


As health insurance coverage becomes available outside of the employment relationship as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the ‘cost’ of applying for SSDI — potentially having to go without health insurance coverage during the two-year Medicare waiting period — will decline for many people. As a result, the number of SSDI applications and awards could rise. We examine the effect of the Massachusetts health insurance expansion in 2006 to estimate the potential effects of the Affordable Care Act on the SSDI program.