Virginia’s BabyCare Program: Working to Improve Birth Outcomes through Medicaid
Nationally, Medicaid finances 45 percent of births and is a critical resource to improve maternal health and birth outcomes and lower avoidable costs. With an increasing number of initiatives focusing on pregnant and postpartum women, such as the federal Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model, states can learn from innovative programs, including Virginia’s BabyCare initiative. This new NASHP report explores how Virginia utilizes Medicaid’s reach to improve birth outcomes through behavioral risk screening, case management services, and expanded prenatal services.
To learn about other state initiatives, visit NASHP’s Healthy Child Development State Resource Center.