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In 24 States, 50% or More of Babies Born on Medicaid; New Mexico Leads Nation With 72%

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Wow!  “Medicaid” – The ‘true entitlement of entitlements’!  And this is what “Women’s Rights” is all about, that and abortion?

Take a look at the list of all states in the table in the original story and see where your state falls.  Then, look up how many births in your state for the designated year to figure out the true number of births paid for by Medicaid.  For example, in California in 2013, there were a total 494,392 live births.  At 50 percent, that means our tax dollars paid for 247,196 of them.  In New York, total live births for 2014 were 238,000 of which 51 percent were paid for by Medicaid, meaning tax dollars paid for 121,380 births.  And finally, in Florida there were 219,905 live births in 2014, 50 percent of them paid for by Medicaid, a total of 109,952.

How enlightening is this…and how sad.


( – 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.

New Mexico led all states with 72 percent of the babies born there in 2015 having their births covered by Medicaid.

Arkansas ranked second with 67 percent; Louisiana ranked third with 65 percent; and three states—Mississippi, Nevada and Wisconsin—tied for fourth place with 64 percent of babies born there covered by Medicaid.

New Hampshire earned the distinction of having the smallest percentage of babies born on Medicaid. In that state, Medicaid paid for the births of only 27 percent of the babies born in 2015.

Virginia and Utah tied for the next to last position, with 31 percent of the babies born on Medicaid.

However, according to KFF, some of the nation’s most populous states shared the distinction of having 50 percent or more of the babies born there born on Medicaid.

In California, Florida and Illinois, for example, 50 percent of all babies were born on Medicaid in the latest year on record.

In New York, 51 percent of the babies were born on Medicaid.

In Ohio, 52 percent of babies were born on Medicaid.

The Kaiser Family Foundation gathered its data on the number of babies born on Medicaid in each state by surveying the state Medicaid directors.

“Medicaid directors were asked to provide the most recent available data on the share of all births in their states that were financed by Medicaid,” said a KFF report.

“About half of the states were able to provide data for calendar 2015 or fiscal year 2015,” said KFF. “Other states generally provided data from 2013 or 2014. On average, states reported that Medicaid pays for just over 47 percent of all births.”

“Eight states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia) reported that Medicaid pays for 60 percent or more of all births in their state,” reported KFF.

The KFF survey said data from Hawaii was not available.

A study published by the journal “Women’s Health Issues” in 2013 looked at births covered by Medicaid in the years 2008, 2009, 2010. The report said it was trying to establish a “baseline” for Medicaid-covered birth before the Affordable Care Act’s—AKA Obamacare’s—expansion of Medicaid kicked in.

“Starting in 2014,” said this report, “some states will extend Medicaid to thousands of previously uninsured, low-income women. Given this changing landscape, it is important to have a baseline of current levels of Medicaid financing for births in each state.”

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.

Another report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later in December 2013, looked at the form of payment for births in the 33 states and the District of Columbia that as of 2010 had adopted the 2003 version of “U.S. Standard Certificate for Live Birth.” This certificate specifically asks the mother to say which of four categories the payment for her child’s birth falls into: private insurance, Medicaid, self-pay, or other.

This data, according to the CDC, covered all 2010 births in the 33 states and the District of Columbia, which accounted for 76 percent of all births in the nation in that year. According to the CDC, this data revealed that 44.9 percent of the babies born in these jurisdictions in 2010 were born on Medicaid.

In this 2010 CDC data for 33 states, New Mexico also led with the highest percentage of births on Medicaid—with 57.5 percent of all babies born there that year having their births covered by Medicaid.


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  1. Angus Rangus March 26, 2017 at 8:37 AM -  Reply

    NOW… consider HOW SAD it really is?

    HHS / CMS ‘administers’ Medicaid and Medicare…
    … Medicare requires private Medicare Advantage insurers to provide end of month enrollments within 15 days… so-o-o-o you can know ACTUAL enrollment numbers for 2016 using 45 day old numbers.

    TRY exploring any other aspects of CMS ‘handling’ Medicaid or Medicare?? Simple SUM button “how many births did Mediciad pay for by ‘state'”… starts with 2014 data??

    The ACTUAL must surely be far worse… Kaleefornya didn’t brag it had snared 12.3 into its Medicaid until enrollments for 2017 were ‘completed’!!

    My estimate of $ 122 BN Fed 100% guaranteed ‘income redistribution’ via grandkids deficit financing – now over $20 BN National Debt – uses $10,000 per capita for Medicaid — it could be $$thousands worse for each Generational Welfare Poverty Entitlementor Laydown we demand gets a Podiatrist visit for “preventive care” — with no deductible nor co-pay??

    Ain’t the COMMUNAL LIFE grande el maximo??

  2. OLD JIM March 26, 2017 at 8:53 AM -  Reply


    I used Florida’s 2012 data for years with my TANF Baby Dad ID “situation” my friends did not want to hear again…
    … even got a letter back from Dept of Revenue Commissar that said nothing related to my questioning of our governor on his malfeasance :

    Of 200,000 live births… TANF had to Baby Dad ID 114,000 under Medicaid regulations BEFORE adjudicating the birth costs claims. Of these, 94,000 were TANF Baby Dad ID’d… meaning our Dept of Revenue obtained a court ordered Child Support Payment from ID’d Dad!!

    Dept of Revenue’s website explains they can put you under the jail… for not paying your Child Support Payments “on-time”?? {just a small drumroll will do now… for none in the land believe any GOVT anywhere is doing squat enforcing any laws}

    Florida’s Dept of Revenue was collecting JUST 10% of the TANF Baby Dad ID’d court ordered Child Support Payments… AND…
    … just 30% from other Dad’s coming under their ‘supervision’ for failing to pay their court ordered Child Support Payments!!

    NOW… do we all understand a wee bit more of WHY we want our GOVT handling most any thang as close to home as possible??

    IF States actually handled Medicaid … or any of their Constitutional exclusive “specific citizen welfare”…
    … at least we could make contact to tell the “state” how poorly they are doing…
    … with perhaps a speck / iota / smidgen of chance we could FIX some thangs??

    AND… the data from our Dept of Revenue on these simple ‘sums’ … became unavailable to me for any future citizen transparency review!!!

    { 20,000 children with no ‘known’ father ID’d times 18 years to majority age == 1.6 million folks more likely than not to be ‘wards of the state’… perhaps their entire lifetimes IF not put into the adoption systems for parents who actually give a damn??}

    {{ understand our Dept of Children & Family has just 50,000 cases of children so neglected they publically become known and ‘supervised’ by 12,000 DCF “state union employees” who can’t stop Illegal Alien Haitian boyfriends from stabbing his galpal’s 4 year old to death — before LEO shoots him dead a the scene…}}

    Nothing in our GOVT — at any level – should suck this badly…

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