WEB Notes: This article explains the dramatic rise in Medicaid supported births, but does not explain why. We learn more from KHN.org which states, “All pregnant women with incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty level, just below $15,300 for an individual, are eligible for Medicaid, and many states provide coverage to women earning well above that amount.”
So we can see Medicaid is paying for the births as the mother is unable too (Where are the fathers?). So we can see from 2008 to 2010 a rise of nearly 8% in births paid for by the government as the woman fall far below the poverty level. This is yet another sign the economy is not getting better, but far worse.
In 24 of the nation’s 50 states at least half of the babies born during the latest year on record had their births paid for by Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
That study, done by researchers at George Washington University and the March of Dimes, determined that in 2008, 40.08 percent of the births in the United States were covered by Medicaid; and that, in 2009, 43.89 percent were covered by Medicaid.
By 2010, according this report, the percentage of births in the United States covered by Medicaid had risen to 47.75 percent—or 1,805,151 out of 3,780,519 total births.