Coverage or costs: the role of health insurance in labor market reentry among early retirees.

TitleCoverage or costs: the role of health insurance in labor market reentry among early retirees.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKail, BLennox
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Volume67
Issue1
Pagination113-20
Date Published2012 Jan
ISSN Number1758-5368
KeywordsEmployment, Female, Health Benefit Plans, Employee, Health Surveys, Humans, Insurance Coverage, Insurance, Health, Male, Middle Aged, Retirement, United States
Abstract

<p><b>OBJECTIVES: </b>This study evaluated the impact of insurance coverage on the odds of returning to work after early retirement and the change in insurance coverage after returning to work.</p><p><b>METHOD: </b>The Health and Retirement Study was used to estimate hierarchical linear models of transitions to full-time work and part-time work relative to remaining retired. A chi-square test was also used to assess change in insurance coverage after returning to work.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Insurance coverage was unrelated to the odds of transitioning to full-time work. However, relative to employer-provided insurance, private nongroup insurance increased the odds of transitioning to part-time work, whereas public insurance reduced the odds of making this transition. Additionally, after returning to work, insurance coverage increased among those who were without employer-provided insurance in retirement.</p><p><b>DISCUSSION: </b>Results indicated that source of coverage may be more useful in explaining returns to part-time work than simply whether people have coverage at all. In other words, the mechanism underlying the positive relationship between insurance and returning to work appeared to be limited to those who return to work because of the cost of private nongroup insurance. Among these people, however, there was some evidence that they are able to secure new coverage once they return to work.</p>

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DOI10.1093/geronb/gbr130
User Guide Notes

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22156628?dopt=Abstract

Endnote Keywords

Older people/Retirees/Insurance coverage/Labor market/Gerontology/Impact analysis

Endnote ID

62824

Alternate JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Citation Key7689
PubMed ID22156628
PubMed Central IDPMC3267024
Grant List2T32AG000139-21 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States