Medicaid currently provides coverage to nearly 13 million women of reproductive age. That coverage helps to ensure positive maternal and child health outcomes. The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) has put together a factsheet explaining how Medicaid coverage affects pregnant women currently, and how proposed cuts to Medicaid will threaten that coverage. Senior Attorney Amy Chen explains that funding caps through block grants and per capita caps could:
- Threaten the coverage of millions of pregnant women
- Lead states to reduce critical services for pregnant women
- Lead to weakened protections for pregnant women
If the federal government cuts Medicaid funding, states will have to cut back on care for many low-income individuals, including pregnant women, children, disabled individuals, and seniors needing long term care.