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Healthy Women Healthy Babies

Healthy Women, Healthy Babies

By Alice Wheet | Vol . 21, No. 44 / November 2013

NCSL NewsSeven of the top 20 most expensive conditions requiring hospital stays covered by Medicaid in 2011 were related to pregnancy and births. New data show that Medicaid paid for about 45 percent of all births in 2010, a nearly 4 percent increase since 2008. With such a large amount of state funds paying for childbirth and infant care, state lawmakers are turning their attention to improving infant health and saving money.

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