Health insurance coverage as people approach and pass age-eligibility for Medicare.

TitleHealth insurance coverage as people approach and pass age-eligibility for Medicare.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsCaffrey, C, Himes, CL
JournalJournal of Aging & Social Policy
Volume20
Issue1
Pagination29-44
ISSN Number0895-9420
Call Numbernewpubs20080229_ViewEText.pdf
KeywordsAged, Eligibility Determination, Female, Humans, Insurance Coverage, Insurance, Health, Male, Medicare, Middle Aged, United States
Abstract

This study uses six waves of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to measure dynamics of health insurance coverage as people approach and pass age-eligibility for Medicare. Thirteen percent of 59- to 64-year-olds were uninsured and 13% of 65- to 70-year-olds relied solely on Medicare. Those unmarried, in good health, and in poor health had an increased likelihood of being uninsured before age-eligibility for Medicare, while non-whites and those in good health had an increased likelihood of having Medicare-only coverage after age-eligibility for Medicare. Although only a small percentage was continually without coverage or with Medicare-only coverage, a substantial percentage had these coverage types at some point. Limitations and policy implications are included.

DOI10.1300/j031v20n01_02
Endnote Keywords

Health Insurance Coverage/Medicare

Endnote ID

18590

Citation Key7202
PubMed ID18198158