LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN: Senate Budget Would Throw Thousands of Pregnant Women Off of Medicaid

By Adam Linker
Policy Analyst, Health Access Coalition
June 3, 2013

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • The NC Senate budget includes a provision that would change Medicaid eligibility requirements for pregnant women. Starting in 2014, pregnant women earning more than 133 percent of federal poverty level (about $15,282 for a single person) will no longer qualify for Medicaid.
  • This change will throw thousands of pregnant women off of Medicaid and into the private insurance market.
  • This move will hurt efforts to reduce infant mortality rates
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