Earned Income Tax Credits Linked To Improved Health Parameters

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Peter Muennig, MD, MPH Associate Professor Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University New York, NY 10032

Dr. Peter Muennig

Peter Muennig, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
New York, NY 10032

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: We looked that the supplemental Earned Income Tax Credit
( EITC ) programs offered by states to determine whether they have health impacts or not.

We found that, on average, folks who live in states that offer supplemental EITC showed improvements in health after EITC was implemented.

Because we look at variation over states and time, the analysis is less likely to be confounded than traditional associational studies. We find that EITC is important for America’s health, and comes at a cost that is much less expensive than most other preventive medical treatments.

It can be thought of as a vaccine for a longer, healthier life.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Earned Income Tax Credit can be thought of as a vaccine for a longer, healthier life.

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Citation:

Peter A. Muennig, Babak Mohit, Jinjing Wu, Haomiao Jia, Zohn Rosen. Cost Effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit as a Health Policy Investment. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, September 2016 DOI:10.1016/j.amepre.2016.07.001

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