Date on Senior Honors Thesis
Senior Honors Thesis
Medicaid Expansion; Emergency Department Utilization; Affordable Care Act; Healthcare Economics
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.
Kanotra, Anmol, "The effect of Medicaid expansion on emergency department utilization in Kentucky." (2016). College of Arts & Sciences Senior Honors Theses. Paper 104.