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2006 Massachusetts Health Care Reform and its Impact on Sources of Insurance Coverage

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  • Roy, Devesh
  • Munasib, Abdul
  • Guettabi, Mouhcine
  • Jordan, Jeffrey

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Using Synthetic Control Method for comparative case studies, we estimate the causal impacts of the Massachusetts Health Care Reform (MHR) enacted in 2006 on the sources of insurance coverage. We find that MHR caused two main sources of expansions, viz., employer sponsored insurance (ESI) and Medicaid, with no evidence of crowding out. The expansion in ESI mirrors the economic cycles. The overall expansion in coverage of over half-a-million is distributed approximately 60:40 between ESI and Medicaid. Other sources of coverage such as direct purchase and Medicare, in a causal sense, were unaffected by MHR.

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  • Roy, Devesh & Munasib, Abdul & Guettabi, Mouhcine & Jordan, Jeffrey, 2015. "2006 Massachusetts Health Care Reform and its Impact on Sources of Insurance Coverage," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205581, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea15:205581
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    Keywords

    Massachusetts Health Reform; Insurance Mandate; Synthetic Control Method; Employer Provided Insurance; Medicaid; Medicare; Health Economics and Policy; Public Economics; I13; I18; R5; J38;

    JEL classification:

    • I13 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Insurance, Public and Private
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • R5 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy

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