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Covering Undocumented Immigrants: The Effects of a Large-Scale Prenatal Care Intervention

Sarah Miller and Laura Wherry ()

No 30299, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for public insurance coverage for prenatal care in most states, despite their children representing a large fraction of births and having U.S. citizenship. In this paper, we examine a policy that expanded Medicaid pregnancy coverage to undocumented immigrants. Using a novel dataset that links California birth records to Census surveys, we identify siblings born to immigrant mothers before and after the policy. Implementing a mothers' fixed effects design, we find that the policy increased coverage for and use of prenatal care among pregnant immigrant women, and increased average gestation length and birth weight among their children.

JEL-codes: H75 I13 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-07
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