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Insurance disruption due to spousal Medicare transitions

Insurance disruption due to spousal Medicare transitions

In this study, researchers looked at the care of married women under age 65 from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. The authors found that despite consistent insurance coverage, the insurance disruption that accompanies a spouse's Medicare transition has adverse access and health care utilization consequences for women, including a greater probability of experiencing a change in usual clinic/provider, delaying filling medications or taking fewer medications than prescribed because of cost, going to the emergency room, and having lower average mental health scores than women who did not experience an insurance disruption. 

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