The Long-Term Effect of Health Insurance on Near-Elderly Health and Mortality

Policy Forum
September 6, 2017
12:00PM to 1:00PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Featuring Bernard S. Black, Nicholas J. Chabraja Professor, Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law; Benjamin Sommers, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Harvard H.T. Chan School of Public Health; moderated by Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

A key question in debates over whether states should implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, and whether Congress should repeal Obamacare entirely, is whether government expansions of health insurance coverage improve health, and if so, how much. A new study by Bernard Black and colleagues finds that the uninsured “consume fewer healthcare services, but their health (while alive) does not deteriorate relative to the insured, and, in our central estimates, they do not die significantly faster than the insured.” Come hear Professor Black and leading scholars discuss one of the most important but least understood aspects of health reform.

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