Stacy Berg Dale, James M. Verdier
Elimination of Medicare's Waiting Period for Seriously Disabled Adults: Impact on Coverage and Costs, Stacy Berg Dale and James M. Verdier, The Commonwealth Fund, July 2003
Over 1.2 million seriously disabled Americans under age 65—including as many as 400,000 without health insurance—are currently in the two-year waiting period for Medicare coverage, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund. Eliminating this two-year waiting period would provide stable health insurance to a vulnerable group of adults who are unable to work. Some disabled adults in the waiting period qualify for state Medicaid programs. The report finds that dropping the two-year Medicare wait would save cash-strapped states an estimated $1.8 billion a year in Medicaid costs.