Continuity of perinatal insurance coverage for low-income women improved following Medicaid expansion, study suggests

Written by Ilana Landau, Editor

In new research, investigators have analyzed survey data pertaining to more than 47,000 low-income women and determined that Medicaid expansion implemented in certain states in 2014 improved insurance coverage stability for these women in the months leading up to and immediately following their giving birth. ‘Insurance churn’ is a term used to refer to fluctuations in insurance coverage, including switching between being insured and uninsured or between different insurance plans. Jamie Daw (Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, NY, USA), explained: “Insurance loss and change is common during the perinatal period because changes in employment, income, marital status, and...

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