November 27, 2012

CSSRR Health–November 27, 2012

Filed under: H. Working Papers,Health — admin @ 4:43 pm

Center for Health and Wellbeing [Princeton University] Working Paper: “Consequences of the expansion of employer sponsored┬áhealth insurance to dependent young adults,” by David Jason and Gershkoff Slusky (October 2012, .pdf format, 61p.).


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 mandates that young adults be able to stay on parental health insurance until age 26. This paper creates a new algorithm to identify individuals with parental health insurance. Using an age/time difference-in-difference analysis, it finds that this federal mandate increased insurance coverage by 3-4 percentage points. Parental insurance rose by 7-9 percentage points, but own coverage fell by 4-5 percentage points. The mandate also caused substitution from full-time to part-time work and from four-year private to two-year public colleges. Treated young adults were also 2-3 percentage points more likely to have a personal doctor and 1-2 percentage points less likely to have forgone care due to cost, and their households spent an average of $45-$60 per three months less on health insurance.



Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Working Paper: “Recent Trends in Prescription Drug Use and Expenditures by Medicaid Enrollees,” by Eric M. Sarpong, Ed Miller, and J.S. Banthin (Working Paper 12006, November 2012, .pdf format, 28p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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