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Reducing the Welfare Dependence of Unmarried Mothers: Health-Related Employment Barriers and Policy Responses

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  • Jean Kimmel

    (W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)

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In this paper, I examine the importance of health insurance and health status to the employment decisions of single mothers. Using results from an employment probit model, I simulate the likely employment effects of four changes to public and private health insurance policy, including the elimination of Medicaid and mandated employer coverage for full time workers. The employer mandate causes an 11.5 percent increase in the probability of employment of single mothers, while eliminating all Medicaid coverage stimulates a 24 percent increase in work for low income single mothers. Poor maternal and child health are barriers to employment as well.

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Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 23 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
Pages: 151-163

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Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:23:y:1997:i:2:p:151-163

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Keywords: Health; Medicaid; Mothers; Policy; Single Mother; Welfare;

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  1. Nazli Baydar & Jutta Joesch & Gail Kieckhefer & Hyoshin Kim & April Greek, 2007. "Employment Behaviors of Mothers Who have a Child with Asthma," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 28(3), pages 337-355, September.
  2. David Zimmer, 2007. "Child Health and Maternal Work Activity: The Role of Unobserved Heterogeneity," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 33(1), pages 43-64, Winter.
  3. Wasi, Nada & den Berg, Bernard van & Buchmueller, Thomas C., 2012. "Heterogeneous effects of child disability on maternal labor supply: Evidence from the 2000 US Census," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 139-154.

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