MPR Issue Brief: Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Return-to-Work Programs

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On May 15, 2015 (EST)

In March 2015, Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) published this Issue Brief on costs and benefits of return-to-work programs.

Each year, millions of workers in the United States develop a chronic illness, disability, or other serious medical problem. Many are at risk of exiting the labor force, especially if they do not receive timely and effective return-to-work (RTW) supports. These workers and their families frequently face substantial reductions in their standard of living, and may end up relying on public programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, and Medicaid for income support and health care.

Three new studies examine stay-at-work and return-to-work policies and programs that may help raise incomes for recovering workers while lowering personnel costs for employers and public assistance costs for taxpayers. They include an issue brief and full report assessing the costs and benefits of return-to-work programs from multiple perspectives, examples of promising practices and success stories from the health care sector, and a look at the role of physicians.

Mathematica and its partner, EconSys, conducted this research for the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.

To access the Issue Brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/~/media/publications/pdfs/disability/rtw_costsbenefits_ib.pdf



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