Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair/Advisor

Dr. Devon Gorry

Committee Member

Dr. Scott Templeton

Committee Member

Reed Watson


The young adult provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance providers to offer dependent child coverage until the child of the enrollee turns 26 years old. The purpose of this provision is to increase health care access to a historically underinsured group. Abramowitz (2017) investigates the effect of the ACA’s young adult provision on the abortion rate. I will build on this foundation by including 2014-2018 data, extending the number of years examined. Using a difference-in-difference regression, I find the effect of the young adult provision on abortion rates to have a larger magnitude over an increased time period. The further decline in the abortion rates, from 2014 to 2018, is attributable to the effects of the young adult provision, not simply a return to the previous trend line.



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