Research shows federal disability payments encourage more family caregiving

Findings, published online by the Journal of Health Economics, suggest that disability recipients are using to provide financial compensation to their 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.”

The conclusions in the article below were promising: “The benefits of federal disability payments are shared in complementary ways within the , enabling a more-holistic network of both formal and informal caregiving,” Rennane said. “The resources from disability insurance allow children to reallocate their time to care for their parents.”