“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.
- And while Medicaid pays for 43% of all births, that coverage can be short-lived for women since Medicaid coverage ends after 60 days postpartum.”
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?
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