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American Economic Journal: Economic Policy: Vol. 5 No. 4 (November 2013)

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Effects of Federal Policy to Insure Young Adults: Evidence from the 2010 Affordable Care Act's Dependent-Coverage Mandate

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Akosa Antwi, Yaa, Asako S. Moriya, and Kosali Simon. 2013. "Effects of Federal Policy to Insure Young Adults: Evidence from the 2010 Affordable Care Act's Dependent-Coverage Mandate." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 5(4): 1-28.

DOI: 10.1257/pol.5.4.1

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Using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), we study the health insurance and labor market implications of the recent Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that allows dependents to remain on parental policies until age 26. Our comparison of outcomes for young adults aged 19-25 with those who are older and younger, before and after the law, shows a high take-up of parental coverage, resulting in substantial reductions in uninsurance and other forms of coverage. We also find preliminary evidence of increased labor market flexibility in the form of reduced work hours.

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Akosa Antwi, Yaa (IN U-Purdue U Indianapolis)
Moriya, Asako S. (IN U)
Simon, Kosali (IN U)

JEL Classifications

H51: National Government Expenditures and Health
I11: Analysis of Health Care Markets
I18: Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J22: Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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