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About 41% of all births in the U.S. are financed by Medicaid, according to a 2022 report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. 

In Wisconsin, 35% of all births in 2021 were covered by Medicaid, totaling 21,527 births. Louisiana had the most births financed by Medicaid at 61%. Utah the least at 21%.

Each state has their own eligibility criteria for Medicaid, considering factors such as income, family size, disability status and age. While most states offer the full Medicaid package to all beneficiaries, the specific benefits available to pregnant individuals vary from state to state. For example, Wisconsin is one of 11 states to cover both childbirth education classes and infant parenting classes for individuals enrolled in the state’s Prenatal Care Coordination program. 

Wisconsin is one of six states that does not cover continuous glucose monitoring for gestational diabetes.

This Fact Brief is responsive to conversations such as this one.


KFF Births Financed by Medicaid Medicaid Eligibility

KFF Medicaid Coverage of Pregnancy-Related Services: Findings from a 2021 State Survey

Wisconsin Department Of Health Services Prenatal Care Coordination

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Erin Gretzinger / Wisconsin WatchReporting Intern

Erin Gretzinger joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism and French major at UW-Madison and will graduate in spring 2023. Erin previously worked for the Wisconsin State Journal as a reporting intern and served as the 2021-22 editor-in-chief at The Badger Herald. She is a recipient of the Jon Wolman Scholarship, the Sigrid Schultz Scholarship and the Joseph Sicherman Award Fund for her academic and reporting work.