Effects of the affordable care act on health behaviors after three years / Charles Courtemanche (Georgia State University, NBER and IZA), James Marton (Georgia State University), Benjamin Ukert (University of Pennsylvania), Aaron Yelowitz (University of Kentucky), Daniela Zapata (IMPAQ International) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserCourtemanche, Charles ; Marton, James ; Ukert, Benjamin ; Yelowitz, Aaron S. ; Zapata, Daniela
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, April 2018
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11468
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This paper examines the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - which substantially increased insurance coverage through regulations, mandates, subsidies, and Medicaid expansions - on behaviors related to future health risks after three years. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and an identification strategy that leverages variation in pre-ACA uninsured rates and state Medicaid expansion decisions, we show that the ACA increased preventive care utilization along several dimensions, but also increased risky drinking. These results are driven by the private portions of the law, as opposed to the Medicaid expansion. We also conduct subsample analyses by income and age.