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Ind Medicaid to Stop Paying for Early, Elective Childbirths

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Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration announced Monday that starting this summer, the state's Medicaid program will no longer pay for early, elective childbirths as part of a statewide effort to improve the state's infant mortality rate. The new policy means that as of July first, Indiana Medicaid will not pay a hospital or physician for the delivery of a child prior to 39 weeks gestation unless that delivery occurs naturally or is medically indicated.   Indiana Medicaid Director Joe Moser says the action “sends a strong and clear message” that they won't tolerate dangerous and unnecessary early childbirths.  Babies born too small or too early are at greater risk for death in their first year of life,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “Babies’ brains develop significantly during the last two weeks of gestation, which is why it’s critically important to carry pregnancies full-term, unless medically necessary to induce sooner. This policy supports providing infants with the best chance to grow into healthy children.”


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