Panel: Health and Care of an Aging Population

Friday, November 8, 2019: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
I.M Pei Tower: Majestic Level, Vail (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Daniela E. Hochfellner, New York University
Panel Chair:  Taggert J. Brooks, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Discussants:  Lauren Hersch Nicholas, Johns Hopkins University and Julia Lane, New York University

Population aging presents large and important challenges for public programs. Congressional Budget Office estimates indicate debt to GDP will rise to the highest level in the nation's history over the next 30 years, due in large part to growth in expenditures for programs that serve the aged. Aging place pressures on the healthcare workforce, and policies shape the balance of formal and informal care. In this panel, all three papers use data from the Health and Retirement Study, and other sources, to answer questions about the need for and provision of long-term care for the aged. All three studies highlight the unique and rich features of HRS data for answering important questions in this literature. The panel brings together researchers with disciplinary training in economics and sociology, and papers incorporate methods from econometrics, Bayesian statistics, and data science.

Who Serves People with Dementia Better? Medicare Advantage Vs. Traditional Medicare
Sungchul Park1, Lindsay L.Y. White2, Paul Fishman2 and Norma B. Coe3, (1)Drexel University, (2)University of Washington, (3)University of Pennsylvania

Immigration and the Provision of Long-Term Care to the Elderly
Reagan Baughman, University of New Hampshire

Incentives for Home and Community Based Care Under the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Supplemental Security Income Receipt
Daniela E. Hochfellner, New York University, Mary Hamman, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and Brooke Helppie-McFall, University of Michigan

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