Medicaid Births - Births with principal payment source of Medicaid by mother's race/ethnicity and age group

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Nationally, Medicaid pays for almost half of all births, yet covers a higher percentage of hospital stays for preterm and low birth weight babies compared to private insurance coverage.

Births to younger mothers are more likely to have Medicaid reported as the principal source of payment than births to older mothers. Two-thirds of births to mothers under age 20 were paid for by Medicaid compared to 53 percent for mothers ages 20-24 and 26 percent for mothers 25 and older.

Births to black and Hispanic mothers were more likely to have Medicaid reported as the principal source of payment than to other race categories.

This data set will help determine whether the rates of Medicaid financing of births will change in the coming years and will be relevant to the broader conversation of monitoring Medicaid coverage and maternal/child health outcomes.
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