Does the ACA Medicaid Expansion Encourage Labor Market Exits of Older Workers?

TitleDoes the ACA Medicaid Expansion Encourage Labor Market Exits of Older Workers?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsOnal, SO
Abstract

In this study, I examine the effects of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion on the labor supply decisions of non-disabled, low-educated, childless adults ages 50-64. I employ a triple-differences (DDD) methodology, exploiting variation in individuals’ health insurance status and the expansion decisions of states. I find that with Medicaid expansion, insured workers without retirement health insurance (RHI) decreased full-time work by 7.06 percentage points relative to those with RHI and those without any employer-sponsored coverage at all. Among those no longer working full-time, 82 percent transitioned to complete retirement.

DOI10.1007/s12122-023-09342-9
Citation Key13337