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Measuring Health Insurance Benefits: The Case of People with Disabilities

Richard V. Burkhauser, Jeff Larrimore, Sean Lyons

NBER Working Paper No. 21629
Issued in October 2015
NBER Program(s):The Health Economics Program, The Public Economics Program

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

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w21629

Burkhauser, Richard V., Jeff Larrimore and Sean Lyons. Forthcoming. “Measuring Health Insurance Benefits: The Case of People with Disabilities.” Contemporary Economic Policy. citation courtesy of

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