Stemming the Tide? The Effect of Expanding Medicaid Eligibility on Health Insurance

40 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2005 Last revised: 13 Aug 2009

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Lara D. Shore-Sheppard

Williams College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

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." Focusing on the most influential estimates of the expansions' impact, I show that while many of the critiques leveled at these estimates have little effect on their magnitude, accounting for age-specific trends in coverage produces estimates similar to others in the literature. Estimating the impact of later expansions using additional years of data, I find low rates of take-up and no evidence of crowding out.

Suggested Citation

Shore-Sheppard, Lara Dawn, Stemming the Tide? The Effect of Expanding Medicaid Eligibility on Health Insurance (January 2005). NBER Working Paper No. w11091. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=657603

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