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Medicaid Pays for Nearly Half of All U.S. Births

Medicaid now pays for 48 percent of all births in the U.S., up significantly from past estimates that suggested that the federal programs for low-income people covered roughly 40 percent of all births.

And this figure is expected to rise when many states expand their Medicaid programs as provided for in the Affordable Care Act, making more pregnant women eligible for coverage.

The figures are for 2010.

Because state Medicaid programs typically pay much less than cost for the services hospitals provide, large numbers of Medicaid deliveries can pose a financial challenge to the nation’s private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals.

Read the study, including a state-by-state breakdown, in the peer-reviewed journal Women’s Health Issues.  Find a state-by-state map that illustrates regional variations in coverage in this Kaiser Health News reportWHI_Online_Cover_Thumbnail_113x150.


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