Fierce Healthcare writes of findings from a new study showing while many pregnant women gain coverage through Medicaid, ensuring they have insurance after giving birth remains a significant challenge.
Researchers at the Urban Institute found that 26.8% of new mothers covered for prenatal care through Medicaid were uninsured prior to becoming pregnant. In addition, 21.9% became uninsured again within two to six months of their child’s birth, the study found.
The study is based on Medicaid coverage data from 2015 to 2018 across 43 states, including 27 that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, that participate in the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). Overall, 34.5% of the mothers in the study were uninsured either before or after giving birth, according to the study.