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June 2011Comment on "Dimensons of Health in the Elderly Population"
in Investigations in the Economics of Aging, David A. Wise, editor
March 2011Comment on "The Risk of Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenditure at the End of Life"
in Explorations in the Economics of Aging, David A. Wise, editor
January 2009Take-Up of Medicare Part D: Results from the Health and Retirement Study
with Helen Levy: w14692
We analyze data from the Health and Retirement Study on senior citizens' take-up of Medicare Part D. Take-up among those without drug coverage in 2004 was high; about fifty to sixty percent of this group have Part D coverage in 2006. Only seven percent of senior citizens lack drug coverage in 2006 compared with 24 percent in 2004. We find little circumstantial evidence that Part D crowded out private coverage in the short run, since the persistence of employer coverage was only slightly lower in 2004 -- 2006 than it was in 2002 -- 2004. We find that demand for prescription drugs is the most important determinant of the decision to enroll in Part D among those with no prior coverage. Many of those who remained without coverage in 2006 reported that they do not use prescribed medicines, and...

Published: Helen Levy & David R. Weir, 2010. "Take-up of Medicare Part D: Results From the Health and Retirement Study," Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Gerontological Society of America, vol. 65(4), pages 492-501. citation courtesy of

January 1997Economic Welfare and Physical Well-Being in France, 1750-1990
in Health and Welfare during Industrialization, Richard H. Steckel and Roderick Floud, editors

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