State Medicaid will stop paying for early baby deliveries - WRBL

State Medicaid will stop paying for early baby deliveries

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ATLANTA, Ga. -

Georgia health officials are hoping to improve care, and save money, by steering pregnant women and doctors away from some early deliveries.

State officials are doing this by eliminating Medicaid payments for elective C-sections and induced deliveries before 39 weeks.

The move, which will take effect July 1, will save the state's ailing Medicaid health program for the poor an estimated $7 million this fiscal year and next by avoiding costly medical complications and stays in neonatal intensive care units.

Christopher Schrimpf, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Community Health, says the move was a policy decision "that will result in better health outcomes for Georgia families." The agency oversees Medicaid in the state.

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