Make your guess before peeking ….
Medicaid took center stage during the repeal & replace drama … so, I’ve been more alert to Medicaid news.
Let’s put today’s question in context.
According to MSN:
Over the past five decades, Medicaid has surpassed Medicare in the number of Americans it covers.
It has grown gradually into a behemoth that provides for the medical needs of one in five Americans — 74 million people.
For comparison … about half are on employer-based plans and “only” 14% are on Medicare.
Here’s the geographic spread, according to the Kaufman Family Foundation:
Note the heavy Medicaid density in the West … and the relatively light density in the Heartland.
OK, you have your frame of reference: about 20% of Americans on Medicaid.
So, what percentage of babies are born on Medicaid?
The number caught me by surprise …
Again, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation:
Medicaid pays for nearly 50% of all births in the United States.
Think about that for a second …
By state, the lowest percentages are in New Hampshire (27%), Virginia (31%), Utah (31%) and North Dakota (33%).
Medicaid births are a majority in 17 states … with New Mexico (72%), Arkansas (67%) and Louisiana (65%) leading the pack.
Note the heavy density of Medicaid births across the South.
Here is the state-by-state detail … don’t let it obscure the big takeaway:
Almost half of U.S. births are on Medicaid.
That took my breath away…