This paper assesses the impact of policies to increase insurance coverage
for young adults. The introduction of SCHIP in 1997 enabled low-income teens up to age 19 to gain access to public health insurance. More recent policies enabled young adults between the ages of
19 and (typically) 24 to remain covered under their parents' health insurance. We use the discrete break in coverage at age 19 to evaluate the impact of SCHIP, and quasi-experimental variation to evaluate the impact of "extended parental coverage" laws. Our results
suggest that both types of policies were effective at increasing health insurance coverage. (JEL G22, H75, I18, J13)
Levine, Phillip B., Robin McKnight, and Samantha Heep.
"How Effective Are Public Policies to Increase Health Insurance Coverage among Young Adults?"
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,
Insurance; Insurance Companies
State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth