Eligibility limit (percentage of the federal poverty line) for Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women

Eligibility limit (percentage of the federal poverty line) for Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women

Caring well for infants and toddlers begins with prenatal care. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) help women from lower-income households pay for health services that help ensure a healthy pregnancy and birth. States have flexibility to set income thresholds for eligibility; these are expressed as a percentage of the federal poverty line (FPL). The data here reflect Medicaid rules in effect as of January 2021, as reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation. For the State of Babies Yearbook: 2022, we have included CHIP eligibility thresholds when they are higher than Medicaid thresholds. The national average presents the national average for Medicaid only, as CHIP does not cover pregnant people in all states. The original source uses “pregnant women” and we have maintained this language to be consistent, where we prefer the term “pregnant people.”

Source: Brooks, T., Gardner, A., Tolbert, J., Dolan, R. & Pham, O. (2021). Medicaid and CHIP eligibility, enrollment, and cost sharing policies as of January 2021: Findings from a 50-state survey. Kaiser Family Foundation. https://www.kff.org/medicaid/report/medicaid-and-chip-eligibility-and-enrollment-policies-as-of-january-2021-findings-from-a-50-state-survey/

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