Losing public health insurance: TennCare reform and personal financial distress July 2020 By Sebastian Tello-TrilloLaura M. ArgysAndrew I. FriedsonM. Melinda Pitts Losing public health insurance: TennCare reform and personal financial distress A primary goal of health insurance is smoothing the financial risk associated with health shocks. We estimate the effect of exposure to health-insurance reform on individual-level financial well-being. Utilizing a plausibly exogenous shock to health insurance status resulting from a sudden disenrollment from Tennessee's Medicaid program in 2005, we find that the reform resulted in a 2.78 point decline in credit risk score for an individual in the median county in Tennessee. This study is the first examining the impact of losing any form of public assistance on personal financial well-being and our results inform ongoing discussions around Medicaid reform. Read article https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0047272720300669?dgcid=c… Sebastian Tello-Trillo Sebastian Tello-Trillo is an assistant professor of public policy and economics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He studies health policy in the U.S and Latin America, with a particular focus on understanding how policies affect individuals’ health behaviors and economic outcomes. Read full bio Laura M. Argys Andrew I. Friedson M. Melinda Pitts Related Content Sebastian Tello-Trillo Health Insurance for Whom? The ‘Spill-up’ Effects of Children’s Health Insurance on Mothers Research New research shows that expansions in children’s Medicaid eligibility increases the likelihood a mother is married, decreases her labor market participation, and reduces her smoking and alcohol consumption. Regional Disparities in Qualified Health Plans’ Prior Authorization Requirements for HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in the United States Research Batten’s Sebastian Tello Trillo and his co-authors answer the question are there regional disparities in prior authorization requirements for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis? Health insurance coverage for kids through Medicaid and CHIP helps their moms too News Batten professor Sebastian Tello-Trillo shares new research suggesting that health insurance coverage for kids through Medicaid and CHIP helps their moms. Study: Expanded Medicaid for Kids Results in More Stable Households News Sebastian Tello-Trillo, an assistant professor in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, explains the positive “spill-up” effect on parents of children covered by Medicaid.