Medicaid covers 43% of births in the United States.
Pregnant women in the United States continue to experience adverse maternal and birth outcomes. In fact, the rate of preterm births continues to rise and has now reached one in every ten. Low birthweight is also on the rise. Infants born preterm or low birthweight are at an increased risk for experiencing physical disabilities and developmental impairments throughout their lives.
The average cost of medical care for a baby born without complications is $4,550 in the first year.
The average cost of medical care for a premature or low birthweight baby is $49,000 in the first year.
Medicaid supports healthy pregnancies, offering health care and support before, during and after pregnancy for better outcomes.
Source: America’s Health Rankings, 2018 Report