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Lucie Schmidt, Smith College

The Impact of Expanding Public Health Insurance on Safety Net Program Participation: Evidence from the ACA Medicaid Expansion
When Oct 02, 2023
from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Where Changed to Online Only via Zoom due to last minute flight cancellation
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Seminar

The increase in public insurance eligibility caused by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansions may have had spillover effects to other public assistance programs. We explore the impact of the ACA on participation in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). Our research design uses variation in Medicaid eligibility that occurs on either side of state borders: we examine program participation in contiguous county pairs that cross state lines using both county level administrative data and individual data from the American Community Survey (ACS).  This approach allows us to focus narrowly on differences arising from the ACA Medicaid expansion choice, implicitly controlling for local economic trends that could affect safety net participation. Our results suggest that the Medicaid expansion increased participation in SNAP and TANF, and possibly in the EITC. The ACS analysis suggests that safety net impacts are mainly due to participation conditional on eligibility rather than from eligibility changes stemming from labor supply responses. It appears that ACA Medicaid eligibility reduced the marginal cost of applying in SNAP, particularly facilitating enrollment in places with low 2013 SNAP take-up rates. Our results demonstrate the potential for spillovers across safety net programs.

About the Speaker

Lucie Schmidt

Lucie Schmidt is an empirical microeconomist working in the fields of labor, health and the economics of the family. Her current research focuses on the US social safety net and the economics of marriage and fertility decisions. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a co-editor of the Review of the Economics of the Household. Her work has been published in the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, among others. 

*Please note special time of 11:15-12:15 PM for the seminar.

Seminar Format

Location IN PERSON: Note the seminar is being changed to ONLINE ONLY due to last minute flight cancellation for the speaker.

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Zoom Registration Link. Upon registration, you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Fall 2023 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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