Health Coverage Options for Pregnant Women

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As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the creation of health insurance exchanges, there are more coverage options for pregnant women in all states. In addition to insurance through exchanges, all states offer Medicaid coverage for pregnant women and a number of states also offer them coverage through their CHIP programs. Although there are coverage options for most pregnant women, these different coverage types do have different eligibility criteria, cost sharing and benefits.

NASHP has created a few resources to help explain the different eligibility criteria for multiple coverage options, including a chart that details income eligibility for each state’s Medicaid and CHIP programs from 2013 – 2015 and maps that highlight the income eligibility ranges. NASHP also created a couple of infographics that note enrollment steps for pregnant women with different income seeking coverage and raise policy implications for states.

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