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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|January 2016||The Incidence of Mandated Health Insurance: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act Dependent Care Mandate|
with Gopi Shah Goda, Jay Bhattacharya: w21846
The dependent care mandate is one of the most popular provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). This provision requires that employer-based insurance plans cover health care expenditures for workers with children 26 years old or younger. While there has been considerable scholarly and policy interest in the effects of this mandate on health insurance coverage among young adults, there has been little scholarly work measuring the costs and incidence of this mandate and who pays the costs of it. In our empirical work, we exploit the fact that some states had dependent care mandates in years prior to the passage of the ACA. Using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), we find that workers at firms with employer-based coverage – whether or not they have depe...
|June 2014||Will Divestment from Employment-Based Health Insurance Save Employers Money? The Case of State and Local Governments|
with Jeremy D. Goldhaber-Fiebert, David M. Studdert, Jay Bhattacharya: w20222
Reforms introduced by the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act (ACA) build new sources of coverage around employment-based health insurance. But what if firms find it cheaper to have their employees obtain insurance from these sources, even after accounting for penalties (for non-provision of insurance) and employee bonuses (to ensure the shift is cost neutral for them)? State and local governments (SLGs) have strong incentives to consider the economics of such “divestment”; many have large unfunded benefits liabilities. We investigated whether SLGs would save under two scenarios: (1) shifting all employees and under-65-retirees to alternative sources of coverage; (2) shifting only employees whose household incomes indicate they would be eligible for federally subsidized coverage and...
Published: Jeremy D. Goldhaber-Fiebert & David M. Studdert & Monica S. Farid & Jay Bhattacharya, 2015. "Will Divestment from Employment-Based Health Insurance Save Employers Money? The Case of State and Local Governments," Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, vol 12(3), pages 343-394.