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Stemming the Tide? The Effect of Expanding Medicaid Eligibility On Health Insurance Coverage
1Williams College, (email)
Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. Volume 8, Issue 2, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, DOI: 10.2202/1935-1682.2022, July 2008
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Despite considerable research, there is little consensus about the impact of Medicaid eligibility expansions for low-income children. In this paper, I reexamine the expansions impact on Medicaid take-up and private insurance crowd-out by investigating a number of critiques leveled at the seminal work of Cutler and Gruber (1996) and extending the analysis to include further expansions of Medicaid. I find that accounting for most critiques of Cutler and Gruber does not substantively affect their estimates of sizable take-up and crowd-out. However, controlling for age-specific time trends does substantially reduce the estimated take-up and crowd-out and recovers results close to those found elsewhere in the literature. I also find that later expansions generated much lower rates of take-up and crowding out.
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