When the affordable has no value, and the valuable is unaffordable: The U.S. market for long-term care insurance and the role of Medicaid
No 84, Working Paper Series in Economics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Department of Economics and Management
I consider the popular argument of Medicaid crowding out demand for private long-term care insurance. I show that this argument rests on a wrong counterfactual comparison. Furthermore, I question the welfare-decreasing impact of Medicaid as it neglects a large value of the program in providing access to care. I show that private insurance is unable to offer a similar value. I posit that the low take-up of private insurance is due to a dilemma prevalent in - but not exclusive to - the market for long term care insurance: a dilemma between access and affordability. Several empirical patterns in insurance uptake and lapsing behavior can be explained by considering the issue of limited affordability.
Keywords: Aging; Insurance; Long term Care; Medicaid (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G22 I11 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: On the value of Medicaid in providing access to long‐term care (2020)
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