Laura Wherry

I am an assistant professor at
NYU Wagner Graduate School
295 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
NY, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-7444



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Working Papers

Covering Undocumented Immigrants: The Effects of a Large-Scale Prenatal Care Intervention with Sarah Miller, under review

Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for public insurance coverage for prenatal care in most states, despite their children representing a large fraction of births and having U.S. citizenship. In this paper, we examine a policy that expanded Medicaid pregnancy coverage to undocumented immigrants. Using a novel dataset that links California birth records to Census surveys, we identify siblings born to immigrant mothers before and after the policy. Implementing a mothers' fixed effects design, we find that the policy increased coverage for and use of prenatal care among pregnant immigrant women, and increased average gestation length and birth weight among their children.


What Difference Does a Diagnosis Make? Evidence from Marginal Patients with Mattan Alalouf and Sarah Miller, conditionally accepted at American Journal of Health Economics

Multi-generational Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net: Early Life Exposure to Medicaid and the Next Generation's Health with Chloe East, Sarah Miller, and Marianne Page, forthcoming at American Economic Review

The Economic Consequences of Being Denied an Abortion with Sarah Miller and Diana Greene Foster, forthcoming at American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Estimated Mortality Increases During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Ethnicity, with Sarah Miller and Bhash Mazumder, Health Affairs, 2021

Medicaid and Mortality: New Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data with Sarah Miller and Norman Johnson, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2021, Ungated version, Appendix

Medicaid Expansion Increased Preconception Health Counseling, Folic Acid Intake, and Postpartum Contraception, with Rebecca Myerson and Samuel Crawford, Health Affairs, 2020

The Impact of Insurance Expansions on the Already Insured: The Affordable Care Act and Medicare with Colleen Carey and Sarah Miller, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2020

How Have ACA Insurance Expansions Affected Health Outcomes? Findings From The Literature, with Aparna Soni and Kosali Simon, Health Affairs, 2020

What Happens After an Abortion Denial? A Review of Results from the Turnaway Study with Sarah Miller and Diana Greene Foster, AEA Papers and Proceedings, 2020

Four Years Later: Insurance Coverage and Access to Care Continue to Diverge Between ACA Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States with Sarah Miller, AEA Papers and Proceedings, 2019

The Long-Term Effects of Early Life Medicaid Coverage with Sarah Miller, Journal of Human Resources, 2018, Appendix

Childhood Medicaid Coverage and Later Life Health Care Utilization with Sarah Miller, Robert Kaestner, and Bruce Meyer, Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018, Appendix

State Medicaid Expansions for Parents Led to Increased Coverage and Prenatal Care Utilization Among Pregnant Mothers, Health Services Research, 2018

Health and Access to Care During the First 2 Years of the ACA Medicaid Expansion with Sarah Miller, New England Journal of Medicine, 2017

State and Federal Coverage for Pregnant Immigrants: Prenatal Care Increased, No Change Detected for Infant Health with Rachel Fabi, Adam Schickedanz, and Brendan Saloner, Health Affairs, 2017

Saving Teens: Using a Policy Discontinuity to Estimate the Effects of Medicaid Eligibility with Bruce Meyer, Journal of Human Resources, 2016, Appendix

Early Coverage, Access, Utilization, and Health Effects of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions: A Quasi-Experimental Study with Sarah Miller, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2016

Previous Medicaid Expansion May Have Had Lasting Positive Effects on Oral Health of Non-Hispanic Black Children with Brandy Lipton, Sarah Miller, Sandra Decker, and Genevieve Kenney, Health Affairs, 2016

The Role of Public Health Insurance in Reducing Child Poverty with Genevieve Kenney and Benjamin Sommers, Academic Pediatrics, 2016

Predicting High Cost Pediatric Patients: Derivation and Validation of a Population-Based Model with Lindsey Leininger and Brendan Saloner, Medical Care, 2015

Using Self-Reported Health Measures to Predict High-Need Cases among Medicaid-Eligible Adults with Marguerite Burns and Lindsey Leininger, Health Services Research, 2015

Medicaid Family Planning and Related Preventive Care, American Journal of Public Health, 2013