Medicaid Expansion Improved Insurance Stability for Low-Income Pregnant Women

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A new study published in Health Affairs found that in states where Medicaid eligibility was expanded, low-income pregnant women were more likely to have continuous health insurance coverage. Researchers followed 47,617 pregnant people from 2012 to 2017 and compared outcomes in states that expanded Medicaid and those that did not. The study shows that, in states with expanded coverage, pregnant people’s likelihood of losing insurance in the perinatal period dropped by 10 percentage points. Researchers suggest that stabilizing insurance for low-income women can improve access to the care they need to avoid adverse events during pregnancy and postpartum.

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