Panel Paper: Child Health Care Coverage and Reductions in Physical Abuse

Saturday, April 8, 2017 : 2:30 PM
Founders Hall Room 476 (George Mason University Schar School of Policy)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Neil McCray, George Mason University
Children in the United States suffered almost 120,000 cases of physical abuse in 2014. One factor that might influence this trend is health care coverage. This paper outlines a theoretical justification for a link between health care coverage and reductions in child physical abuse and examines evidence supporting the connection. The paper examines some anecdotal evidence and uses panel data linear regression analysis to explore state level physical abuse and health care coverage rates. Findings support the theory that higher rates of child health care coverage are associated with decreases in child physical abuse.