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Preventing Smoking During Pregnancy

Preventing Smoking During Pregnancy

By Amy Winterfeld | Vol . 21, No. 45 / December 2013

NCSL NewsSmoking during pregnancy is also costly to states. Because Medicaid covers about 45 percent of all U.S. births, the program is also likely to bear a significant portion of the costs for the adverse effects of smoking during pregnancy. Specific health statistics for the number Medicaid recipients who smoke while pregnant aren’t readily available. But the most recent figures available from a 2007 study estimated that overall Medicaid costs could be reduced by 5.6 percent—saving $10 billion—if all Medicaid enrollees stopped smoking.

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