Horrible Situation, Interesting Economics Experiment

From a NYTimes article on new Medicaid coverage holes in certain states, i.e. Texas, Florida, Kansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia, which are refusing to expand Medicaid:

In most cases, she said, adults with incomes from 32 percent to 100 percent of the poverty level ($6,250 to $19,530 for a family of three) “will have no assistance.” They will see advertisements promoting new insurance options, but in most cases will not learn that they are ineligible until they apply.

Would be interesting to see how much bunching at threshold incomes and or mobility (to other states that provide coverage) results from these new doughnut holes and use that to infer the uncovered’s implied valuation of Medicaid.

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About ozidar

I'm an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Faculty Research Fellow at National Bureau of Economic Research. You can follow me on twitter @omzidar. http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/owen.zidar/index.html
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