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HLSA Seminar Series: The Impact of Affordable Health Insurance Access for College Students

The Impact of Affordable Health Insurance Access for College Students
When Mar 14, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Friedgen Family Seminar Lounge, SPH 2236
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Hello SPH Community,

The Department of Health Services Administration is pleased to announce that the next HLSA Research Seminar will happen in two weeks. Save the date and come discuss health services research with us! We have another seminar scheduled for March 28. Stay tuned for any updates.

Title: The Impact of Affordable Health Insurance Access for College Students
Where: Friedgen Family Seminar Lounge | SPH2236
When: March 14. 12pm - 1pm

 

Guest Speaker: Priyanka Anand, Ph.D.
Priyanka Anand is an associate professor at the Department of Health Administration and Policy at George Mason University. Her research interests include disability policy, social insurance programs, and the intersection of health and employment. Dr. Anand received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and was a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research prior to joining George Mason University.

Abstract: In this Seminar, Dr. Anand will discuss a paper she co-authors with Dr. Dora Gicheva in which they examined whether improving access to affordable health insurance for college students affects their progress toward degree completion, employment patterns, and academic outcomes. To estimate causal relationships, the authors use the variation in access to health insurance due to the Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act; according to data from the American Community Survey, the share of undergraduate students receiving Medicaid increased from 9 percent to 20 percent in expansion states from the period 2008--2016, compared to an increase from 6 percent to 8 percent in states that did not expand Medicaid. Data from the 2007-08, 2011-12 and 2015-16 waves of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study was used to show evidence that enrollment intensity increased in expansion states after 2014; this increase is most pronounced for nonwhite or Hispanics students and those whose family income falls below 138 percent of the federal poverty line. The authors also see a decrease in off-campus employment together with an increase in earnings from work-study. Furthermore, students are less likely to consider themselves primarily employees who are taking courses and are also less likely to take online courses.

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