1-in-2 Chance Medicaid Will Deliver Your Child
Posted on Sep 6, 2013
Roughly half of the births in the U.S. are paid for by Medicaid and that number could increase as the health insurance program expands under Obamacare, a study released Tuesday says.
Medicaid is available for all pregnant women with incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty level, about $15,300 for a single person. Many states provide coverage to women earning well above that amount.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
Kaiser Health News:
While previous research has estimated about 40 percent of the nearly 4 million annual births in the United States were paid for by Medicaid, the latest study by researchers at George Washington University and the March of Dimes looked at individual state data and estimated that in 2010 48 percent of births were covered by Medicaid. Researchers say they hope to use the figure as a baseline to determine the impact of the federal health law that expands Medicaid starting in January. Under the health law, about half the states are expanding Medicaid to cover everyone under 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
The percent of births paid for by Medicaid varied widely from a high of nearly 70 percent in Louisiana to below 30 percent in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the study found (see chart for individual state data).
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