Medicaid Expansion Tied to Drops in Maternal, Infant Mortality Rates

Tulsa Public Radio

By: Matt Trotter

Oklahoma’s maternal and infant mortality rates are 34th and 43rd in the U.S. Researchers report Medicaid expansion could make a difference. Reviews found Medicaid expansion states saw infant mortality rates fall 50 percent more than states that did not expand Medicaid and saw maternal mortality rate declines of 1.6 deaths per 100,000 women. Georgetown University Center for Children and Families’ Adam Searing said part of that is more women having access to care.

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