Day 47 — Medicaid at 50: Almost half of all births

Over the coming weeks this blog will highlight a key feature of Medicaid and the individual states that administer Medicaid and CHIP leading up the the program’s 50th anniversary (July 30th). Hopefully, you’ll learn some interesting facts about Medicaid and each of the 51 state programs.

Related to yesterday’s post about coverage of women, there are a little over 4 million American babies born annually, and 45% of these births are covered by Medicaid. I’m really glad that Medicaid provides this care, but also pretty sad that so many young families fall below the income threshold.

States with highest percentage of births financed by Medicaid:

1. Louisiana (69.0%)

2. District of Columbia (67.9%)

3. Arkansas (67.1%)

States with the lowest percentage of births financed by Medicaid:

1. Hawai’i  (24%)

2. Maryland  (25.9)

3. Massachusetts  (26.8)

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