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Same-Sex Marriage and Gains in Employer-Sponsored Insurance for US Adults, 2008-2017.
Am J Public Health. 2020 04; 110(4):537-539.AJ

Abstract

Objectives.

To estimate the effects of same-sex marriage recognition on health insurance coverage.Methods. We used 2008-2017 data from the American Community Survey that represent 18 416 674 adult respondents in the United States. We estimated changes to health insurance outcomes using state-year variation in marriage equality recognition in a difference-in-differences framework.

Results.

Marriage equality led to a 0.61 percentage point (P = .03) increase in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, with similar results for men and women.

Conclusions.

US adults gained employer-sponsored coverage as a result of marriage equality recognition over the study period, likely because of an increase in dependent coverage for newly recognized same-sex married partners.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Janelle Downing is with the Oregon Health & Sciences University-Portland State University School of Public Health, Portland. Paulette Cha is with the Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco.Janelle Downing is with the Oregon Health & Sciences University-Portland State University School of Public Health, Portland. Paulette Cha is with the Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32078351

Citation

Downing, Janelle, and Paulette Cha. "Same-Sex Marriage and Gains in Employer-Sponsored Insurance for US Adults, 2008-2017." American Journal of Public Health, vol. 110, no. 4, 2020, pp. 537-539.
Downing J, Cha P. Same-Sex Marriage and Gains in Employer-Sponsored Insurance for US Adults, 2008-2017. Am J Public Health. 2020;110(4):537-539.
Downing, J., & Cha, P. (2020). Same-Sex Marriage and Gains in Employer-Sponsored Insurance for US Adults, 2008-2017. American Journal of Public Health, 110(4), 537-539. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305510
Downing J, Cha P. Same-Sex Marriage and Gains in Employer-Sponsored Insurance for US Adults, 2008-2017. Am J Public Health. 2020;110(4):537-539. PubMed PMID: 32078351.
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