The Effects of Health on Health Insurance Status in Fragile Families

43 Pages Posted: 25 May 2006 Last revised: 1 May 2021

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Hope Corman

Rider University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Anne Carroll

Rider University

Kelly Noonan

Rider University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Nancy E. Reichman

Rutgers University, New Brunswick - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

We use data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study to estimate the effects of poor infant health, pre-pregnancy health conditions of the mother, and the father's health status on health insurance status of urban, mostly unmarried, mothers and their one-year-old children. Virtually all births were covered by health insurance, but one year later about one third of mothers and over 10 percent of children were uninsured. We separately examine births that were covered by public insurance and those that were covered by private insurance. The child's health status had no effect, for the most part, on whether the mother or child became uninsured. For publicly insured births, a maternal physical health condition made it less likely that both the mother and child became uninsured, while maternal mental illness made it more likely that both the mother and child lost insurance coverage. For privately insured births, the father's suboptimal physical health made it more likely that the mother, but not the child, became uninsured.

Suggested Citation

Corman, Hope and Carroll, Anne and Noonan, Kelly and Reichman, Nancy E., The Effects of Health on Health Insurance Status in Fragile Families (May 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12197, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=900983

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Anne Carroll

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Nancy E. Reichman

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