This dissertation contains three empirical papers on important health policy issues. The first paper looks at the effect of changes in levels of Medicare home health care services on the informal care use of disabled, older adults. I estimate two-part models of informal care use, where the key independent variable is a measure of Medicare home health payment restrictiveness. Individuals who lived in states with less Medicare home health care services increased their use of informal care, although this effect is only observed among low-income individuals.The average age of the sample is 54 years old at baseline. The average number of years of education is 11.5 and there is substantial variation in educational attaimnent, as one-fifth of the sample did not have any high school education and anbsp;...
|Title||:||Essays on Long-term Care and Aging|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|