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Effects of Federal Policy to Insure Young Adults: Evidence from the 2010 Affordable Care Act Dependent Coverage Mandate

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  • Yaa Akosa Antwi
  • Asako S. Moriya
  • Kosali Simon

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We study the health insurance and labor market implications of the recent Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that allows dependents to remain on parental policies until age 26 using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Our comparison of outcomes for young adults aged 19-25 with those who are older and younger, before and after the law, shows a high take-up of parental coverage, resulting in substantial reductions in uninsurance and other forms of coverage. We also find preliminary evidence of increased labor market flexibility in the form of reduced work hours.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 18200.

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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:18200

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  1. Silvia Barbaresco & Charles J. Courtemanche & Yanling Qi, 2014. "Impacts of the Affordable Care Act Dependent Coverage Provision on Health-Related Outcomes of Young Adults," NBER Working Papers 20148, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Yaa Akosa Antwi & Asako S. Moriya & Kosali Simon, 2014. "Access to Health Insurance and the Use of Inpatient Medical Care: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act Young Adult Mandate," NBER Working Papers 20202, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Briggs Depew & James Bailey, . "Did the Affordable Care Act's Dependent Coverage Mandate Increase Premiums?," Departmental Working Papers, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University 2014-07, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.
  4. Briggs Depew & Eric Cardella, . "The Effect of Health Insurance Coverage on the Reported Health of Young Adults," Departmental Working Papers, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University 2014-08, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.

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