Health insurance transitions after retirement : did HIPAA expand coverage for retirees?

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Title: Health insurance transitions after retirement : did HIPAA expand coverage for retirees?
Authors: Rogowski, Jeannette
Kapur, Kanika
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/292
Date: Nov-2006
Abstract: The near elderly are a vulnerable segment of the population with high-expected medical expenses. Individuals who retire before Medicare eligibility may lose employer provided health insurance, and may face a potentially costly uninsured period. We use data from the Health and Retirement Study from 1992 to 2002 to profile the insurance status of workers who retire. We also evaluate the role of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in reducing the number of uninsured among the near elderly. We find that a relatively small proportion of workers lose health insurance on retirement; however, we find no evidence that HIPAA has helped these workers to remain insured.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin; School of Economics
Copyright (published version): University College Dublin; School of Economics
Subject LCSH: Retirees--Health and hygiene
Insurance, Health--Law and legislation
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Research Collection
Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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