Rethinking Elderly Poverty: Time for a Health Inclusive Poverty Measure?
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An early version of this paper, titled, “Medicare, Medicaid, MOOP and the Supplemental Poverty Measure: Have We Lost Our Minds?” was presented to the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall 2012 Conference. This paper would not have been possible without the cooperation of several scholars who provided unpublished results and additional tabulations in response to our requests, as well as those who answered our questions about their research: Mark A. Levitan of the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, Sheldon Danziger, Helen Levy, and Robert Schoeni of the University Michigan, and Bruce Meyer of the University of Chicago. We thank Adam Atherly for discussions of Medicare Advantage Plans and Sherry Glied for discussion of ACA exchanges. We also thank participants in seminars at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs and NYU Center for Advanced Social Science Research and the APPAM 2012 Conference for their comments, particularly Jonathan Fisher, David Johnson, Karl Kronebusch, Mark Levitan, and Cordelia Reimers. All errors and interpretations are our own. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.