Federal disability payments encourage more family caregiving, study finds

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Receiving federal aid allows a family to optimize how they support one another.

Federal disability benefits can lead to increases in other support for beneficiaries, such as in-kind assistance from adult children, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Receipt of federal disability insurance also increases the likelihood that children are paid for their in-kind assistance and enables children who provide that assistance to reduce the amount that they work.

These findings, published online by the Journal of Health Economics, suggest that disability recipients are using disability benefits to provide financial compensation to their adult children caregivers.

“These findings provide new evidence that family shares in the burden of disability and that the impact of disability benefits extends beyond the beneficiary to the entire family,” said Stephanie Rennane, the study’s author and an associate economist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “Receipt of federal disability benefits allows a family to reoptimize how they support one another.”

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