Author

Anmol Kanotra

Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

5-2016

Document Type

Senior Honors Thesis

Author's Keywords

Medicaid Expansion; Emergency Department Utilization; Affordable Care Act; Healthcare Economics

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of a major healthcare reform in Kentucky on outpatient emergency department (ED) visits. I exploit the variation in treatment intensity across counties to determine the effect of expanded Medicaid coverage on Medicaid ED usage rate. I find that there was an insignificant 1 percent increase in ED usage following expansion when utilizing fixed effects. Counties with a high percentage of females experience significantly higher ED rates. Additionally, counties with a lower percentage of children under 21 have higher ED rates.

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Economics Commons

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