The Effect of Rhode Island’s Paid Family Leave Program on Child and Parent Health Outcomes
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In the absence of federal policy, several states, plus the District of Columbia, have implemented partially paid family leave laws. While research has focused on California’s paid family leave program and its impact on health outcomes (Baum and Ruhm, 2016; Rossin-Slater et al. 2013), little is known about Rhode Island’s paid family program, called Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program (TCI). Using data from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), a nationally representative survey measuring the health and well‐being of children and their families, this study examines how Rhode Island’s TCI affects the parental and child health outcomes. We use a difference-in-differences strategy to compare how health outcomes vary pre/post-paid family leave implementation and between Rhode Island and comparable northeastern states (N = 2,604). Preliminary results suggest reduced asthma diagnoses for children under age 2. Additionally, results suggest marginally significant effects on parental physical health and whether parents quit or greatly changed their job due to childcare problems. Future analyses will include additional measures of child and parent health and health care use and an expanded sample to test a broader range in child age.