Improving Birth Outcomes in Medicaid

Women who begin their pregnancies in poor health are more likely to have negative birth outcomes than healthy women, according to a paper released by the National Governors Association.

Improving Birth Outcomes in Medicaid explores the pivotal role states play in advancing a life-course approach to improving birth outcomes, and state Medicaid policy is particularly important for ensuring the reach and sustainability of these efforts. Medicaid pays for a large proportion of births although variation exists among states.

The paper identifies a variety of synergistic, multi-state initiatives that have been launched at the national and regional levels to facilitate state efforts.

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