Out-of-pocket spending for maternal and newborn hospitalizations among privately insured families can exceed $10,000 if babies require neonatal intensive care.
For low-income pregnant patients, health insurance disruptions may make it less likely that they receive recommended prenatal and postpartum care.
Affordable Care Act’s elimination of out-of-pocket costs for contraception was associated with fewer births, especially among low income families.
When states expanded Medicaid eligibility, pregnant people were less likely to have disruptions in health care insurance around the time of pregnancy.
Disruptions in insurance coverage disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority women before, during and after pregnancy.
Hospital choice, higher maternal BMI and larger baby size increase chances of cesarean deliveries, according to an abstract presented at the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual Pregnancy Meeting.