Mon., March 25, 2013 11:02am (EDT)

No More Medicaid Payments For Early Births
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
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. (Photo Courtesy of wenzday01 via Flickr.)
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. (Photo Courtesy of wenzday01 via Flickr.)
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.