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The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Seasonal Agricultural Workers

AAEA members release new research in JAAEA

The probability a seasonal agricultural worker has health insurance rises by 11% if the worker is Medicaid-eligible and by 3% if subsidy-eligible. The Affordable Care Act included Medicaid expansion, a health insurance premium subsidy, and a tax penalty for not having insurance coverage.

In the new article released in the open access Journal of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association “The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Seasonal Agricultural Workers” Kwabena Donkor from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Jeffrey Perloff from the University of California, Berkeley examine how the three Affordable Care Act policies affected farmworkers’ health insurance coverage and healthcare utilization.

Donker says, “This study investigates the effects of more ACA policies—including federal premium subsidies, tax penalties, and protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions—than previous studies. It is the first to examine how the ACA’s effects depend on pre-existing medical conditions. It is the first to address whether individual farmworkers were eligible for Medicaid or to receive a subsidy based on their incomes and family size.”

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ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes three journals, the Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (an open access journal), the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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