Effects of Infertility Insurance Mandates on Fertility
Lucie Schmidt ()
No 2005-07, Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, Williams College
Infertility currently affects over 6 million individuals in the United States. While most health insurance plans nationwide do not cover infertility diagnoses or treatments, to date fifteen states have enacted some form of infertility insurance mandate. In this paper, I use data from the Vital Statistics Detail Natality Data and Census population estimates to examine whether these statelevel mandates were successful in increasing fertility rates. Using a difference-in-differences approach, I exploit variation in the enactment of mandates both across states and over time, and identify control groups that should not have been affected by infertility coverage. My results suggest that the mandates significantly increase first birth rates for women over 35, and these results are robust to a number of specification tests.
Keywords: infertility; impaired fecundity; insurance mandates; fertility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I3 J1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Published in Journal of Health Economics, May 2007, v. 26, iss. 3, pp. 431-46.
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