The Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act left it up to states to decide whether or not to expand their Medicaid program to all people living in poverty. While some Mississippi leaders have expressed their reluctance to expand Medicaid, there is one group of potential beneficiaries for whom an improvement in health status could have both an immediate and long-term positive effect on state finances.
Although the majority of maternal deliveries in our state are currently covered by Medicaid, most low-income women and teens do not qualify for coverage unless they are already pregnant. And medical science is making it increasingly clear that the health of a woman before she gets pregnant dramatically affects the outcome of the pregnancy and the health of her baby.
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