“Medicaid’s safety net for pregnant women”

Medicaid’s safety net for pregnant women,” by Bob Herman, Axios



“Fewer women are uninsured (10.5%) nationally than men (13.4%), due in large part to Medicaid providing pregnancy coverage for low-income women.

By the numbers: 16.1% of women are on Medicaid, compared with 12.7% of men, according to census data analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Yes, but: Large swaths of the South still have restrictive Medicaid coverage or didn’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, leaving 1 in 5 women without insurance in states like Oklahoma and Texas.

LTC Comment, Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform:

Should our country be proud of the fact that Medicaid, a means-tested public welfare program, pays for 43% of all births in the United States? Or ashamed?