The Effect of Medicaid on Health Care Consumption of Young Adults
Article first published online: 27 FEB 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 24, Issue 5, pages 558–565, May 2015
How to Cite
2015), The Effect of Medicaid on Health Care Consumption of Young Adults. Health Econ., 24: 558–565. doi: 10.1002/hec.3042.(
- Issue published online: 8 APR 2015
- Article first published online: 27 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 20 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Received: 3 JAN 2012
- health insurance;
- health expenditure
All states provide Medicaid until the age of 19 years. After 19 years, young adults may become ineligible for Medicaid. Using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, we find that the resulting loss of Medicaid coverage causes substantial changes to the level and composition of health care use. The total number of visits to health care providers falls by over 60%, two-thirds of which is due to a decline in office visits. Expenditures, in particular inpatient expenditures, also appear to fall sharply. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.