#ListenToBlackWomen: Maternal and infant health care advocates tell North Carolina

North Carolina Health News

By: Anna Blythe

The racial disparities are more pronounced in North Carolina than much of the country, both for maternal health and infant mortality rates… Adam Searing, a research professor at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, pointed out that Medicaid expansion states have reduced the percentage of uninsured women of childbearing age, as well as provided better access to prenatal vitamins that can help stave off problems at and after birth. In North Carolina, 16 percent of women of childbearing age are uninsured, Searing’s report states. And Medicaid expansion in Ohio, Searing pointed out, led to a nearly 12 percentage-point increase in Medicaid enrollment for first-time mothers before they became pregnant.

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