The effect of health insurance coverage on the reported health of young adults

Eric Cardella, Briggs Depew

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Abstract

We exploit a sharp change in the likelihood that an individual is covered by health insurance when he/she turns 19 years of age to study how health insurance affects reported health status. We find that an individual is 6 percentage points less likely to have health insurance when he/she turns 19. Using a fuzzy regression discontinuity design, we find that having health coverage significantly increases the likelihood of reporting excellent health among young adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-410
Number of pages5
JournalEconomics Letters
Volume124
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • Health insurance
  • Reported health
  • Young adults

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