Medicaid expansion improved the stability of insurance coverage for low-income women in the months leading up to and right after their baby’s birth, according to a study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The findings showed that with the expansion of Medicaid, there was a 10- percentage-point decrease in women going uninsured or changing insurance plans in the time around their pregnancy. This is the first study to examine Medicaid’s impact on the stability of insurance from before to after childbirth. The findings are published online and in the September print edition of the journal Health Affairs.
“Insurance loss and change is common during the perinatal period because changes in employment, income, marital status, and Medicaid eligibility, often go hand-in-hand with pregnancy and childbirth,” said Jamie Daw, Ph.D., assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia Mailman School, and first author. “We