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Medicaid Births - Births with principal payment source of Medicaid in Pennsylvania

Medicaid Births - Births with principal payment source of Medicaid

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

Nationally, Medicaid pays for almost half of all births, yet covers a higher percentage of hospital stays for preterm and low birth weight babies compared to private insurance coverage.

This data set will help determine whether the rates of Medicaid financing of births will change in the coming years and will be relevant to the broader conversation of monitoring Medicaid coverage and maternal/child health outcomes.
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Definition and Source



The number and percent of all births where the principal source of payment was Medicaid.

Data Source

Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Health Statistics and Research. Pennsylvania Vital Statistics annual report series. The Pennsylvania Department of Health specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations, or conclusions.


ND = DATA NOT DISPLAYED. Statistics (rates, ratios, percents) are not calculated and displayed for counts less than 10 (or less than 3 for Bayesian/Nearest Neighbor rates). This is due to the unreliability of statistics based on small numbers of events.

Updated December 2022.

Last Updated

December 2022