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Job mobility among parents of children with chronic health conditions: Early effects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act

Pinka Chatterji, Peter Brandon and Sara Markowitz ()

Journal of Health Economics, 2016, vol. 48, issue C, 26-43

Abstract: We examine the effects of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (ACA) prohibition of preexisting conditions exclusions for children on job mobility among parents. We use a difference-in-difference approach, comparing pre-post policy changes in job mobility among privately-insured parents of children with chronic health conditions vs. privately-insured parents of healthy children. Data come from the 2004 and 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Among married fathers, the policy change is associated with about a 0.7 percentage point, or 35 percent increase, in the likelihood of leaving an employer voluntarily. We find no evidence that the policy change affected job mobility among married and unmarried mothers.

Keywords: Job lock; Health insurance; Child health; Health care reform; ACA (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I13 I18 J6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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