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Aging out of dependent coverage and the effects on the use of inpatient medical care

Tu T. Nguyen () and Barış Yörük ()
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Tu T. Nguyen: University at Albany, SUNY

International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 2020, vol. 20, issue 4, No 3, 390 pages

Abstract: Abstract We investigate the impact of losing health insurance coverage at age 26 due to aging out of the Affordable Care Act’s dependent coverage on health insurance coverage rates and various indicators of inpatient medical care. We find that the probability of being covered under any type of health insurance plan decreases by 2.5–6.2 percentage points at age 26. However, the effects of this discrete change in health insurance coverage on inpatient medical care and related costs are insignificant.

Keywords: Affordable Care Act; Health insurance coverage; Dependent coverage; Inpatient visits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 I13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10754-020-09285-z

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