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Medicaid Expansion and the Unemployed

Thomas C. Buchmueller (), Helen Levy () and Robert Valletta ()
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Thomas C. Buchmueller: University of Michigan
Helen Levy: University of Michigan

No 12842, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We examine how a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – the expansion of Medicaid eligibility – affected health insurance coverage, access to care, and labor market transitions of unemployed workers. Comparing trends in states that implemented the Medicaid expansion to those that did not, we find that the ACA Medicaid expansion substantially increased insurance coverage and improved access to health care among unemployed workers. We then test whether this strengthening of the safety net affected transitions from unemployment to employment or out of the labor force. We find no meaningful statistical evidence in support of moral hazard effects that reduce job finding or labor force attachment.

Keywords: medicaid; insurance coverage; access to care; unemployment; labor force transitions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J68 I13 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 104 pages
Date: 2019-12
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