The Effect of Health Insurance on Emergency Department Visits: Evidence from an Age-Based Eligibility Threshold

@article{Anderson2014TheEO,
  title={The Effect of Health Insurance on Emergency Department Visits: Evidence from an Age-Based Eligibility Threshold},
  author={Michael L. Anderson and Carlos E. Dobkin and Tal Gross},
  journal={Review of Economics and Statistics},
  year={2014},
  volume={96},
  pages={189-195}
}
Health insurance affects the rate at which individuals visit hospitals and emergency departments (EDs). We identify the causal effect of losing health insurance using a regression discontinuity design. We compare individuals just before and after their twenty third birthday, which insurers have used as a cutoff after which students are no longer eligible for their parents' health insurance: 1.5% of young adults lose their health insurance upon turning 23, and this transition leads to a 1.6… CONTINUE READING
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