Seminar – The Effects of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative on Health Insurance, Access to Care, and Health Outcomes

Dates

Mon, 05/14/2018

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Title Seminar – The Effects of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative on Health Insurance, Access to Care, and Health Outcomes

Date 14 May 2018, 12:30 – 13:30

Location COMPAS boardroom, 58 Banbury Road, Oxford, UK

Presenter Jakub Lonsky (University of Pittsburgh)

 

At this seminar, Jakub Lonsky will present his paper, co-authored with Osea Giuntella, which looks at the effects of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative on health insurance coverage, access to care, health care use, and health outcomes. The paper shows that DACA increased insurance coverage, yet with no evidence of significant increases in health care use (except some evidence that DACA increased demand for mental health services). After 2012, DACA-eligible individuals were also more likely to report a usual place of care and less likely to delay care because of financial restrictions. They find some evidence that DACA improved self-reported health and reduced depression symptoms, indicators of stress and anxiety, and hypertension. These improvements are concentrated among individuals with income below the federal poverty level.

The seminar is hosted by COMPAS as part of the REMINDER project.

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