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AN NBER PUBLICATION ISSUE: No. 2, September 2019

The Bulletin on Retirement and Disability

Summarizes research in the NBER's Retirement and Disability Research Center. A quarterly, it is distributed digitally and is free
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  The Social Security Administration (SSA) convened its 2019 Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (RDRC) Meeting August 1-2 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Since last year’s meeting, the previously distinct Retirement Research Consortium and Disability Research Consortium merged into a single entity, the RDRC. In his opening remarks, Mark J. Warshawsky, Deputy Commissioner of Retirement and Disability Policy at SSA, highlighted a 2018...

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  Public health insurance can be administered directly by the government or provided through private insurance firms.  In the US, over 80% of Medicaid beneficiaries and one-third of Medicare beneficiaries receive their benefits through a private health plan.  In theory, private provision may result in lower costs, since firms have an incentive to keep spending low in order to maximize profits.  One potential concern is that reduced spending may...
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Recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are eligible for Medicare after 24 months of benefit receipt.  However, the insurance provided by Medicare to SSDI beneficiaries and the over-age-65 population is incomplete, as there are substantial deductibles and co-insurance requirements, and no lifetime cap on out-of-pocket spending.  Many Medicare beneficiaries have another source of insurance to address this.  One potential source...

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