Skip to comments.Nearly Half Of U.S. Births Already Covered By Medicaid
Posted on 09/08/2013 4:09:40 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
A new analysis of federal health data shows that Medicaid paid for nearly half of all births in the United States in 2010, a rate that continues to increase.
The federal health care program covered 48 percent of the 3.8 million births that year, jumping from 40 percent in 2008, say researchers from the George Washington University School of Public Health. In only two years, the government entitlement covered 90,000 more women giving birth, as states expand the federal-state health coverage plan.
Medicaid coverage varied greatly state by state, ranging from a low of one-quarter of births in Hawaii to nearly 70 percent in Louisiana. The generally poorer southern states made greater use of Medicaid in covering births, compared to northeastern and northwestern states. In contrast to Louisiana and other southern states, Medicaid in Massachusetts and New Hampshire covered 30 percent and 39 percent of births, respectively. In Arkansas and Mississippi, more than 60 percent of births were paid for by the federal program.
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I am exhausted, too. I cant wait until I can retire, but I bet I work myself to death first. My kids complain the free lunch kids have nicer things than what I buy them, and those kids will go to college for free, too.
My son just started at a public middle school. Apparently, you can eat both breakfast AND lunch at school now. What, a parent who is already receiving WIC for cereal and milk can’t even afford cereal and milk for a kid? That’s all I ever got growing up ....
Damn EFFING LEECHES!!!!
We have a small pediatric clinic and serve mostly Medicaid patients. What used to be a safety net program is now expanded beyond belief. We have many families that speak no english but are covered. We have patients that are covered under Blue Cross, yet have Medicaid as well. What galls me the most is that we have families that drive up in Escalades and Denalis that are covered by Medicaid. SMH
Oh, I’ve worked in these clinics. I’ve seen the brand new SUV’s, the brand new school clothes, Coach bags, the hair-do’s, the cell phones ....also watched as they send their sick kids to school and infect everyone else, sending even MORE kids to the free Medicaid clinics to sit and wait for hours with 4 kids in tow, all screaming and crying. Ugh.
Fully half of our children are borne into dependent poverty--many no doubt to single mothers. What will become of these children? Statistically, they will not go to college, or learn a skilled trade and the cycle of poverty will continue.
Meanwhile, people who can afford to raise and educate children, wait longer and longer to have children, and have fewer and fewer children.