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What About Mom? The Forgotten Beneficiary of the Medicaid Expansions

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This paper contributes to evidence regarding the effectiveness of the Medicaid expansions by focusing on a key beneficiary - the mother - who has previously been overlooked. Using the Natality Detail Files for 1989-96, we estimate the relationship between Medicaid eligibility and maternal health outcomes for several treatment groups and a control group. Potential biases caused by improved reporting are addressed by using a 'straw man' maternal complication not preventable with prenatal care. Our results suggest that increased Medicaid eligibility lead to fewer preventable maternal complications among women most likely to have benefited from the Medicaid expansions.

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  • Karen Smith Conway & Andrea Kutinova, 2006. "What About Mom? The Forgotten Beneficiary of the Medicaid Expansions," Working Papers in Economics 06/11, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbt:econwp:06/11
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    1. Ji Yan, 2015. "The Earlier and the More, the Healthier? The Effects of Prenatal Care Utilization on Maternal Health and Health Behaviors," Working Papers 15-08, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.
    2. Jacqueline Fiore, 2017. "The Impact of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion on Medicaid Spending by Health Care Service Category," Working Papers 1706, Tulane University, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2018.
    3. Andrea Menclova, 2013. "The Effects of Unemployment on Prenatal Care Use and Infant Health," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 34(4), pages 400-420, December.

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    Maternal health; Medicaid; Prenatal care;

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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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