Andrew P. Koller
University of Colorado Denver
Department of Economics
Campus Box 181
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Institutional Affiliation: University of Colorado Denver
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2017||The Affordable Care Act and Ambulance Response Times|
with Charles Courtemanche, Andrew Friedson, Daniel I. Rees: w23722
This study contributes to the literature on supply-side adjustments to insurance expansions by examining the effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on ambulance response times. Exploiting temporal and geographic variation in the implementation of the ACA as well as pre-treatment differences in uninsured rates, we estimate that the expansions of private and Medicaid coverage under the ACA combined to slow ambulance response times by an average of 19%. We conclude that, through extending coverage to individuals who, in its absence, would not have availed themselves of emergency medical services, the ACA added strain to emergency response systems.
Published: Charles Courtemanche & Andrew Friedson & Andrew P. Koller & Daniel I. Rees, 2019. "THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES," Journal of Health Economics, .