What About Mom? The Forgotten Beneficiary of the Medicaid Expansions
AbstractThis paper contributes to evidence regarding the effectiveness of the Medicaid expansions by focusing on a key beneficiary - the mother - who has previously been overlooked. Using the Natality Detail Files for 1989-96, we estimate the relationship between Medicaid eligibility and maternal health outcomes for several treatment groups and a control group. Potential biases caused by improved reporting are addressed by using a 'straw man' maternal complication not preventable with prenatal care. Our results suggest that increased Medicaid eligibility lead to fewer preventable maternal complications among women most likely to have benefited from the Medicaid expansions.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 06/11.
Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: 22 Jun 2006
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Maternal health; Medicaid; Prenatal care;
Other versions of this item:
- Andrea Kutinova & Karen Smith Conway, 2008. "What about Mom? The Forgotten Beneficiary of the Medicaid Expansions," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 74(4), pages 1070-1104, April.
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
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