Effects of Federal Policy to Insure Young Adults: Evidence from the 2010 Affordable Care Act Dependent Coverage Mandate
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 using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). 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.
The authors would like to thank three anonymous reviewers for very helpful comments that substantially improved the paper. We are grateful for helpful comments from Joel Cantor, David Figlio, Seth Freedman, Robert Kaestner, Genevieve Kenney, Rick Kronick, Alan Monheit, Michael Morrisey, Benjamin Sommers, and seminar audiences at the Boston University/Harvard/MIT Health Economics seminar series, University of New Hampshire Economics Department, Urban Institute, U.S. Department of Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Public Health, University of Pennsylvania, Miami University Ohio Department of Economics, Purdue University Economics Department, Carnegie Mellon University Health Economics Brown Bag seminar and the fall 2012 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) conference. The authors have no conflicts of interests to disclose related to this paper. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
- The ACA's dependent coverage mandate increased the percentage of 19-25 year olds with health insurance from 66 to 70 percent, an increase...
Yaa Akosa Antwi & Asako S. Moriya & 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, American Economic Association, vol. 5(4), pages 1-28, November. citation courtesy of