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The Effect of Health Insurance Benefit Mandates on Premiums

James Bailey ()

Eastern Economic Journal, 2013, vol. 40, issue 1, 119-127

Abstract: This paper examines the effects of laws mandating that health insurance cover specific conditions, procedures, providers, and beneficiaries. Unlike previous work, this paper considers the market for employer-based health insurance rather than the much smaller individual market, and uses a panel data approach to account for unobserved heterogeneity among states. Using a fixed effects model, I find that the average mandate increases premiums by 0.44–1.11 percent annually. This implies that new mandates were responsible for 9–23 percent of all premium increases over the 1996–2011 period.

Date: 2013
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