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Aging out of dependent coverage and the effects on the use of inpatient medical care

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  • Tu T. Nguyen

    (University at Albany, SUNY)

  • Barış K. Yörük

    (University at Albany, SUNY and CESifo)

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We investigate the impact of losing health insurance coverage at age 26 due to aging out of the Affordable Care Act’s dependent coverage on health insurance coverage rates and various indicators of inpatient medical care. We find that the probability of being covered under any type of health insurance plan decreases by 2.5–6.2 percentage points at age 26. However, the effects of this discrete change in health insurance coverage on inpatient medical care and related costs are insignificant.

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  • Tu T. Nguyen & Barış K. Yörük, 2020. "Aging out of dependent coverage and the effects on the use of inpatient medical care," International Journal of Health Economics and Management, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 381-390, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:ijhcfe:v:20:y:2020:i:4:d:10.1007_s10754-020-09285-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s10754-020-09285-z
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    Keywords

    Affordable Care Act; Health insurance coverage; Dependent coverage; Inpatient visits;
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    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I13 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Insurance, Public and Private

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