Measuring Health Insurance Benefits: The Case of People with Disabilities

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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: July 2017

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 market value rose in 2010 dollars from $11.7 billion in 1980 to $114.3 billion 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.

JEL Classification: D31, H24, I18, J31

Suggested Citation

Burkhauser, Richard V. and Larrimore, Jeff and Lyons, Sean, Measuring Health Insurance Benefits: The Case of People with Disabilities (July 2017). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp. 439-456, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2976571 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12213

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