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Health Insurance Mandates, Mammography, and Breast Cancer Diagnoses

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  • Marianne P. Bitler
  • Christopher S. Carpenter

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We examine the effects of state health insurance mandates requiring coverage of screening mammograms. We find robust evidence that mammography mandates significantly increased mammography screenings by 4.5-25 percent. Effects are larger for women with less than a high school degree in states that ban deductibles, a policy similar to a provision of federal health reform that eliminates cost-sharing for preventive care. We also find that mandates increased detection of early stage in-situ pre-cancers. Finally, we find a substantial proportion of the increased screenings were attributable to mandates that are not consistent with current recommendations of the American Cancer Society.

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  • Marianne P. Bitler & Christopher S. Carpenter, 2011. "Health Insurance Mandates, Mammography, and Breast Cancer Diagnoses," NBER Working Papers 16669, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16669
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    1. Marianne Bitler & Lucie Schmidt, 2012. "Utilization of Infertility Treatments: The Effects of Insurance Mandates," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 49(1), pages 125-149, February.
    2. Itzik Fadlon & Torben Heien Nielsen, 2017. "Family Health Behaviors," NBER Working Papers 24042, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. repec:eee:jhecon:v:53:y:2017:i:c:p:100-116 is not listed on IDEAS

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    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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