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State to End Medicaid Payments for Some Early Births

9:31 AM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia health officials are hoping to improve care - and save money - by steering pregnant women and doctors away from some early deliveries.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 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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