EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

DOES THE ACA’S MEDICAID EXPANSION IMPROVE HEALTH?

Rina Na and David Slusky
Additional contact information
Rina Na: Department of Economics, The University of Kansas

No 201608, WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS from University of Kansas, Department of Economics

Abstract: We estimate the effects of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion on health outcomes with a difference-in-differences approach, using restricted geotagged NHANES data from 2007 to 2014. Our results show that the partial Medicaid expansion in 2014 is significantly associated with a decrease of 8.465 mg / dL (4.3%) in total cholesterol and decrease of 5.569 mmHg in systolic blood pressure (4.7%). These are both likely the result of an increase in the use of cholesterol lowering medications, which can affect both of these measures, as there is no corresponding increase in the use of blood pressure medication. Contrastingly, we find no statistically significant effects for diabetes prescriptions or measures.

Keywords: Medicaid Expansion; Health; NHANES; Cholesterol; Blood Pressure; Diabetes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H20 H42 I12 I13 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea and nep-sog
Date: 2016-09, Revised 2016-09
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www2.ku.edu/~kuwpaper/2016Papers/201608.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:kan:wpaper:201608

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS from University of Kansas, Department of Economics Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by Jianbo Zhang ().

 
Page updated 2017-04-22
Handle: RePEc:kan:wpaper:201608