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The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Household Consumption

Helen Levy (), Thomas Buchmueller and Sayeh Nikpay
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Helen Levy: University of Michigan
Thomas Buchmueller: Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Sayeh Nikpay: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Eastern Economic Journal, 2019, vol. 45, issue 1, 34-57

Abstract: Abstract We use data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey for 2010 through 2016 to compare trends in insurance coverage and consumption for household that did and did not expand eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in 2014. Consistent with earlier studies, we find significant increases in Medicaid coverage in expansion relative to non-expansion states, and we find small but significant reductions in quarterly health spending of about $60, or just less than one-quarter of the baseline value. We find no significant change in non-health consumption as a result of Medicaid expansion.

Keywords: Medicaid; Health reform; Consumption; Health spending (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I38 I13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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