Measuring Health Insurance Benefits: The Case of People with Disabilities

37 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2015

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Richard V. Burkhauser

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM); University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute

Jeff Larrimore

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Sean Lyons

Government of the United States of America - Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

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Date Written: October 2015

Abstract

Since 2012 the Congressional Budget Office has included an estimate of the market value of government-provided health insurance coverage in its measures of household income. We follow this practice for both public and private health insurance to capture the impact of greater access to government-provided health insurance for working-age people with disabilities, whose value rose in 2010 dollars from $11.7B in 1980 to $114.3B in 2012. We then consider the more general implications of incorporating estimates of the market price of insurance, equivalent to that provided by the government, into policy analyses in a post-Affordable Care Act world.

Suggested Citation

Burkhauser, Richard V. and Larrimore, Jeff and Lyons, Sean, Measuring Health Insurance Benefits: The Case of People with Disabilities (October 2015). NBER Working Paper No. w21629, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2672743

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