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Grafova IB, Monheit AC, Kumar R
How do changes in income, employment and health insurance affect family mental health spending?
This study used eight two-year panels from the MEPS data for 2004 to 2012 to examine the effect of economic shocks on mental health spending by families with children. Researchers wanted to determine whether the greatest impact on mental health spending comes from income, employment, or health insurance shocks. They used two-part expenditure models to estimate that employment losses are positively related to an increase in total family mental health expenditures. But no link was found between economic shocks and mental health spending on fathers.
Citation: Grafova IB, Monheit AC, Kumar R . How do changes in income, employment and health insurance affect family mental health spending? Rev Econ Househ 2020 Mar;18(1:239-63. doi: 10.1007/s11150-018-9436-y.
Keywords: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), Healthcare Costs, Behavioral Health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Insurance