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Health insurance and self‐assessed health: New evidence from Affordable Care Act repeal fear

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  • Xiaoxue Li
  • Sarah S. Stith

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Self‐assessed health is one of the most commonly used health measures by economists. However, changes in self‐assessed health are not always accompanied by changes in physical health as measured by clinical outcomes. This study provides suggestive evidence that this discrepancy arises because self‐assessed health is significantly influenced by psychological factors. Specifically, when the perceived risk of Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal increased, as documented by Google Trends data, self‐assessed health declined among low‐income childless adults living in states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

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  • Xiaoxue Li & Sarah S. Stith, 2020. "Health insurance and self‐assessed health: New evidence from Affordable Care Act repeal fear," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(9), pages 1078-1085, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:29:y:2020:i:9:p:1078-1085
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.4026
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