Enhanced Citizenship Verification and Children's Medicaid Coverage

28 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2015

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James Marton

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School - Department of Economics

Angela Snyder

Georgia State University

Zhou Mei

Georgia State University

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Date Written: February 3, 2015

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 mandated citizenship verification requirements on the Medicaid coverage of children using state administrative data from Georgia. Our analysis focuses on children enrolled in Medicaid prior to the reform in the eligibility category for which the reform is most likely to be binding. We find that these children were slightly more likely to exit during the first "high impact" recertification in which the enhanced citizenship verification was binding than children whose first recertification occurred just prior to the reform. In addition, we observe a slightly lower re-entry probability among children exiting during a "high impact" first recertification. Assuming at least some of the exiting children are non-citizens, the fact that the exit and re-entry rates associated with a "high impact" first recertification are only modestly different from other first recertification months suggests that the reform is probably not having a dramatic impact on citizens.

Keywords: Medicaid, Child Health, Income Verification

JEL Classification: I18, I38, J13

Suggested Citation

Marton, James and Snyder, Angela and Mei, Zhou, Enhanced Citizenship Verification and Children's Medicaid Coverage (February 3, 2015). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 15-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2567424 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2567424

James Marton (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 3992
Atlanta, GA 30302-3992
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Angela Snyder

Georgia State University ( email )

35 Broad Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

Zhou Mei

Georgia State University ( email )

35 Broad Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

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