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New Publications Study Alternatives to Social Security Benefits and More

by User Not Found | Sep 11, 2014

The Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation and Research Training Center highlights two new publications:

SPECIAL JOURNAL VOLUME: Social Security Benefits: Finding Alternatives to Benefit Receipt (Gina Livermore, David Neumark, and David Wittenburg)A special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy explores the evolution of disability policy in the U.S., the factors contributing to growth in the disability rolls, and the potential for early interventions and employment support to curb this growth.

Gaps in Timely Access to Care Among Workers by Disability Status: Will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Reforms Change the Landscape? (Jody Schimmel Hyde, Gina A. Livermore)

ABSTRACT: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is salient for workers with a disability because of their significant health care needs, relatively low incomes, and the complex interactions among work, federal disability benefits, and eligibility for public health insurance. Using data from the 2006–2010 National Health Interview Surveys, in this study, we document the characteristics and health insurance profiles of workers with a disability and consider the extent to which these factors are correlated with the ability to access adequate and timely health care. We find significantly higher rates of reported difficulties accessing timely health care for cost-related and structural reasons among employed adults with self-reported health conditions limiting the ability to work than among their non-work-limited peers, even after controlling for personal characteristics and health insurance coverage. The findings suggest that although the ACA will improve access to health insurance, it remains to be seen whether it will substantially reduce the likelihood that workers with disabilities will experience barriers to health care access relative to their non-disabled peers.

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