Arden Handler, Deborah Meg Rosenberg, Kristin M. Rankin, Meagan Zimbeck, E. Kathleen Adams
Abstract:The passage of welfare reform in 1996 led to sweeping changes in both welfare and Medicaid policy. This study examines the pre-pregnancy Medicaid coverage of women on public aid who had Medicaid payment for delivery in the time periods before and after welfare reform. Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data were used to examine changes in the prevalence of being in the Medicaid Gap (i.e., having no pre-pregnancy Medicaid coverage despite having Medicaid payment for delivery) in eight states be…
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