Can Food Stamps Help to Reduce Medicare Spending on Diabetes?

28 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2010

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Lauren Hersch Nicholas

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Institute for Social Research (ISR)

Date Written: November 2, 2010

Abstract

Diabetes is rapidly escalating amongst low-income, older adults at great cost to the Medicare program. I use longitudinal survey data from the Health and Retirement Study linked to administrative Medicare records and biomarker data to assess the relationship between Food Stamp receipt and diabetes health outcomes. I find no significant difference in Medicare spending, outpatient utilization, diabetes hospitalizations and blood sugar (HbA1c) levels between recipients and income-eligible non-recipients after controlling for a detailed set of covariates including individual fixed effects and measures of diabetes treatment compliance. As one-third of elderly Food Stamp recipients are currently diabetic, greater coordination between the Food Stamp, Medicare, and Medicaid programs or alternative benefit structures may improve health outcomes for this group.

Keywords: Food Stamps, Diabetes, in-kind transfers, Medicare spending

JEL Classification: I12, I38, H51, H53

Suggested Citation

Nicholas, Lauren Hersch, Can Food Stamps Help to Reduce Medicare Spending on Diabetes? (November 2, 2010). Economics & Human Biology, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1701646

Lauren Hersch Nicholas (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Institute for Social Research (ISR) ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
United States

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