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Did Medicaid Expansion Reduce Medical Divorce?

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  • David Slusky
  • Donna Ginther
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    Prior to the Affordable Care Act, many state Medicaid eligibility rules had maximum asset levels. This was a problem when one member of a couple was diagnosed with a degenerative disease requiring expensive care. Draining the couple’s assets so that the sick individual could qualify for Medicaid would leave no resources for the retirement of the other member; thus divorce and separating assets was often the only option. The ACA’s Medicaid expansion removed all asset tests. Using a difference-in-differences approach on states that did and did not expand Medicaid, we find that the expansion decreased the prevalence of divorce by 5.6% among those 50-64, strongly suggesting that it reduced medical divorce.

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    Date of creation: Feb 2017
    Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:23139
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    1. Luojia Hu & Robert Kaestner & Bhashkar Mazumder & Sarah Miller & Ashley Wong, 2016. "The Effect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions on Financial Well-Being," NBER Working Papers 22170, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Pinka Chatterji & Yue Li, 2016. "Early Effects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions on Federal Disability Program Participation," NBER Working Papers 22531, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Rina Na & David J.G. Slusky, 2016. "Does The Aca’S Medicaid Expansion Improve Health?," WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS 201608, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, revised Sep 2016.
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