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The Effects Of Health On Health Insurance Status In Fragile Families

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  • Hope Corman

    (Rider University and National Bureau of Economic Research)

  • Anne Carroll

    (Rider University)

  • Kelly Noonan

    (Rider University and National Bureau of Economic Research)

  • Nancy E. Reichman

    (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey)

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    We use data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study to estimate the effects of poor infant health, pre-pregnancy health conditions of the mother, and the father’s health status on health insurance status of urban, mostly unmarried, mothers and their one-year-old children. Virtually all births were covered by health insurance, but one year later about one third of mothers and over 10 percent of children were uninsured. We separately examine births that were covered by public insurance and those that were covered by private insurance. The child’s health status had no effect, for the most part, on whether the mother or child became uninsured. For publicly insured births, a maternal physical health condition made it less likely that both the mother and child became uninsured, while maternal mental illness made it more likely that both the mother and child lost insurance coverage. For privately insured births, the father’s suboptimal physical health made it more likely that the mother, but not the child, became uninsured.

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    Paper provided by Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. in its series Working Papers with number 928.

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    1. Ronald J. Angel & Sonia M. Frias & Terrence D. Hill, 2005. "Determinants of Household Insurance Coverage Among Low-Income Families from Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio: Evidence from the Three-City Study," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 86(s1), pages 1338-1353.
    2. Currie, Janet & Gruber, Jonathan, 1996. "Health Insurance Eligibility, Utilization of Medical Care, and Child Health," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 111(2), pages 431-66, May.
    3. Hope Corman & Kelly Noonan & Nancy E. Reichman, 2005. "Mother's Labor Supply in Fragile Families: The Role of Child Health," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 31(4), pages 601-616, Fall.
    4. Busch, Susan H. & Duchovny, Noelia, 2005. "Family coverage expansions: Impact on insurance coverage and health care utilization of parents," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(5), pages 876-890, September.
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