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  • Individual Author: Ku, Leighton; Garrett, Bowen
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2000

    Despite longstanding efforts to reduce the number of uninsured people in the United States, between 1995 and 1996 the number of children and parents who had health insurance through the Medicaid program fell by about 700,000. Other recent research indicates that the reduction in Medicaid coverage helped fuel an increase in the number of uninsured Americans and that Medicaid caseloads continued to tumble at least through 1998. Medicaid participation fell the most among those who also received welfare, which traditionally led to automatic Medicaid eligibility. An important reason for welfare caseload reductions was the state welfare reform policies that began in the early 1990s under federal waivers and culminated in the passage of the 1996 federal welfare reform law.

    This report addresses how much the recent reduction in Medicaid participation was caused by welfare reform policies, by the strong economy of the mid-1990s, or by other forces. If the economy is the principal reason, then these changes would have occurred regardless of states' policies and there may simply have...

    Despite longstanding efforts to reduce the number of uninsured people in the United States, between 1995 and 1996 the number of children and parents who had health insurance through the Medicaid program fell by about 700,000. Other recent research indicates that the reduction in Medicaid coverage helped fuel an increase in the number of uninsured Americans and that Medicaid caseloads continued to tumble at least through 1998. Medicaid participation fell the most among those who also received welfare, which traditionally led to automatic Medicaid eligibility. An important reason for welfare caseload reductions was the state welfare reform policies that began in the early 1990s under federal waivers and culminated in the passage of the 1996 federal welfare reform law.

    This report addresses how much the recent reduction in Medicaid participation was caused by welfare reform policies, by the strong economy of the mid-1990s, or by other forces. If the economy is the principal reason, then these changes would have occurred regardless of states' policies and there may simply have been less "demand" for Medicaid. If welfare reform policies are the main factor, this signals that the loss of Medicaid coverage and the subsequent increase in uninsurance rates were adverse consequences of state and federal policies. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Leung, Pauline; O'Leary, Christopher J.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2015

    Recent efforts to expand unemployment insurance (UI) eligibility are expected to increase low-earning workers’ access to UI. Although the expansion’s aim is to smooth the income and consumption of previously ineligible workers, it is possible that UI benefits simply displace other sources of income. Standard economic models predict that UI delays reemployment, thereby reducing wage income. Additionally, low-earning workers are often eligible for benefits from means-tested programs, which may decrease with UI benefits. In this paper, we estimate the impact of UI eligibility on employment, means-tested program participation, and income after job loss using a unique individual-level administrative data set from the state of Michigan. To identify a causal effect, we implement a fuzzy regression discontinuity design around the minimum earnings threshold for UI eligibility. Our main finding is that while UI eligibility increases jobless durations by up to 25 percent and temporarily lowers receipt of cash assistance (TANF) by 63 percent, the net impact on total income is still positive...

    Recent efforts to expand unemployment insurance (UI) eligibility are expected to increase low-earning workers’ access to UI. Although the expansion’s aim is to smooth the income and consumption of previously ineligible workers, it is possible that UI benefits simply displace other sources of income. Standard economic models predict that UI delays reemployment, thereby reducing wage income. Additionally, low-earning workers are often eligible for benefits from means-tested programs, which may decrease with UI benefits. In this paper, we estimate the impact of UI eligibility on employment, means-tested program participation, and income after job loss using a unique individual-level administrative data set from the state of Michigan. To identify a causal effect, we implement a fuzzy regression discontinuity design around the minimum earnings threshold for UI eligibility. Our main finding is that while UI eligibility increases jobless durations by up to 25 percent and temporarily lowers receipt of cash assistance (TANF) by 63 percent, the net impact on total income is still positive and large. In the quarter immediately following job loss, UI-eligible workers have 46-61 percent higher incomes than ineligibles. (Author abstract)