Journal of Health Economics Accepts Depew’s Paper

Briggs Depew

Briggs Depew

February 11, 2015

BATON ROUGE – Briggs Depew, assistant professor in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Department of Economics, recently co-authored a paper accepted by the Journal of Health Economics. “Did the Affordable Care Act's Dependent Coverage Mandate Increase Premiums?”, written with Creighton University Assistant Professor James Bailey, investigates the impact of the Affordable Care Act's dependent coverage mandate on insurance premiums.

“The expansion of dependent coverage under the ACA allows young adults to remain on their parent's private health insurance plans until the age of 26,” Depew said. “We find that the mandate has led to a 2.5-2.8 percent increase in premiums for health insurance plans that cover children, relative to single-coverage plans. We are able to conclude that employers did not pass on the entire premium increase to employees through higher required plan contributions.” 

The Journal of Labor Economics seeks articles related to the economics of health and medical care, including the production, demand, utilization and financing of health services.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business