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The Impact of Insurance Expansions on the Already Insured: The Affordable Care Act and Medicare

Colleen M. Carey, Sarah Miller, Laura R. Wherry

NBER Working Paper No. 25153
Issued in October 2018
NBER Program(s):The Health Care Program, The Health Economics Program

Some states that have not adopted the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansions have stated concerns that the expansions may impair access to care and utilization for those who are already insured. We investigate such negative spillovers using a large panel of Medicare beneficiaries. Across many subgroups and outcomes, we find no evidence that the expansions reduced utilization among Medicare beneficiaries, and can rule out all but very small changes in utilization or spending. These results suggest that the expansions in Medicaid did not impair access to care or utilization for the Medicare population.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25153

 
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