Effects of State Contraceptive Insurance Mandates

42 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2016

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Angela K. Dills

Western Carolina University

Anca Cotet Grecu

Seton Hall University

Date Written: April 19, 2016


In 1998, U.S. states began legislating mandates for private health insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Increased contraceptive usage may reduce pregnancies, particularly mistimed or unwanted pregnancies, improving infant health. We investigate these possibilities using differences-in-differences with controls for pre-existing trends. Among young Hispanic women, we find a 4 percent decline in the birth rate accompanied by a 3 to 5 percent increase in prenatal visits, consistent with increased wantedness.

Keywords: insurance mandate, contraceptive, birth rates, infant health, economics of the family

JEL Classification: I13, I18, J13

Suggested Citation

Dills, Angela K. and Cotet Grecu, Anca, Effects of State Contraceptive Insurance Mandates (April 19, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2767094 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2767094

Angela K. Dills (Contact Author)

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Anca Cotet Grecu

Seton Hall University ( email )

400 S Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
United States

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