Panel Paper: Effects of ACA Medicaid Expansions on Health Insurance Coverage and Labor Supply

Monday, June 13, 2016 : 11:30 AM
Clement House, 7th Floor, Room 02 (London School of Economics)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Bowen Garrett1, Anuj Gangopadhyaya2, Robert Kaestner2 and Caitlyn Fleming3, (1)Urban Institute, (2)University of Illinois, Chicago, (3)University of Illinois
We examined the effect of the expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act on health insurance coverage and labor supply of adults with a high school education or less. We found that the Medicaid expansions increased Medicaid coverage by approximately 4 percentage points, decreased the proportion uninsured by approximately 3 percentage points, and decreased private health insurance coverage by 1 percentage point. The Medicaid expansions had little effect on labor supply as measured by employment, usual hours worked per week and the probability of working 30 or more hours per week. Most estimates suggested that the expansions increased employment slightly, although not significantly.