Impact of expanding SSI on Medicaid expenditures of disabled children
Ettner, Susan L
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Gortmaker, Steven L; Kuhlthau, Karen; McLaughlin, Thomas J; Perrin, James M
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) expansions for disabled children in the early 1990s provoked criticism that eligibility
criteria were too lax and motivated the subsequent retraction of benefits for many children. However, little evidence exists
on whether the clinical needs of SSI children declined during this period. The authors used Medicaid data to examine changes
in average expenditures between 1989 and 1992, using an Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) comparison group to
control for confounding time trends (e.g., in access). Results showed declines in average expenditures in Georgia and Tennessee
but increases in California and Michigan, which are thought to have started with more liberal eligibility policies.
Health Expenditures : Aid to Families with Dependent Children : California : Children : Comparative Study : Disabled Persons
: Georgia : Insurance Benefits : Medicaid : Michigan : Regression Analysis : Social Security : Support, U.S. Gov't, non-P.H.S.
: Tennessee : United States