DOES THE ACA’S MEDICAID EXPANSION IMPROVE HEALTH?
Rina Na and
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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
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)
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Date: 2016-09, Revised 2016-09
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