The Impact of the Partnership Long-Term Care Insurance Program on Private Coverage and Medicaid Expenditures
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business
April 12, 2012
We examine the impact of U.S. states’ adoption of the partnership long-term care (LTC) insurance program on households’ purchases of private coverage. This program increases benefits of privately insuring via a higher asset threshold for Medicaid eligibility for LTC coverage, and targets middle-class households. We find the program generates few new purchases of LTC insurance, and those it generates are almost entirely by wealthy individuals, as predicted by Medicaid crowd-out. Further analysis suggests that awareness levels of the program, and possibly bequest intentions, also effectively predict response rates, but Medicaid crowd-out persists. We provide an estimate of expected Medicaid savings/costs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45
Keywords: insurance, long-term care, partnership, program, medicaid
JEL Classification: H1, H3, I1, L5working papers series
Date posted: April 12, 2012 ; Last revised: February 5, 2013
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