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Millions of elderly veterans are “dually eligible” to receive hospital care in two distinct settings: at public facilities funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or at private hospitals that accept Medicare reimbursement. The choice of setting is consequential for both the costs of their care and health outcomes, as demonstrated in Is There a VA Advantage? Evidence from Dually Eligible Veterans (NBER Working Paper 29765) by David C. Chan, Jr., David Card,...

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US house prices fell by 34 percent between 2006 and 2012. But the downturn was more severe in some parts of the country than in others. For example, home values in Phoenix and Las Vegas dropped by 46 and 60 percent, respectively. In contrast, house prices in Pittsburgh and Buffalo didn’t fall at all, instead increasing by 5 and 6 percent over this time period.   How did the overall housing downturn, and the associated Great Recession, affect mental health among...
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Community health centers (CHCs) offer primary care services at discounted prices in economically disadvantaged communities. The first two CHCs were introduced, as part of the War on Poverty, in Massachusetts and Mississippi in 1965. Over the next 23 years, CHCs were gradually rolled out to medically underserved communities around the country and, by 1988, they were available in 733 counties. The CHC program continued after 1988, but under a new name (federally qualified...
Mireille Jacobson is a research associate in the NBER’s Health Care Program. She is an associate professor of economics at the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She codirects the Aging and Cognition Program at the university’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. Jacobson’s research considers the effects of health policy on decision-making and health outcomes. Her work has assessed the impact of Medicare reimbursement...
Telemedicine Catches On: Changes in the Utilization of Telemedicine Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic Friedman AB, Gervasi S, Song H, Bond AM, Chen AT, Bergman A, David G, Bailey JM, Brooks R, Smith-McLallen A. American Journal of Managed Care 28(1), January 2022, e1−e6.   To determine the degree of telemedicine expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic overall and across patient subpopulations and diagnoses, researchers examined health insurance claims for 1,...

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