Theses Doctoral

The Effects of Health Insurance Eligibility Policies on Maternal Care Access and Childbirth Outcomes

Eliason, Erica Linn

This dissertation examines three health insurance eligibility policies and their impact on reproductive health outcomes for low-income women of reproductive age. The first paper examines the effects of expanded eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on fertility among low-income women of childbearing age.

The second paper explores the effect of presumptive eligibility policies in Medicaid for pregnant women on access to prenatal care and health insurance coverage. Finally, the third paper exploits state-level differences in eligibility for public versus private insurance under the ACA, and the effects on perinatal coverage patterns, childbirth outcomes, and access to care.


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Academic Units
Social Work
Thesis Advisors
Allen, Heidi L.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
May 4, 2021