Medicaid expansion giving more women the option of getting IUDs, implants after giving birth: Study

October 04, 2015

A University of Michigan Health System study finds that more women may have the option to get an IUD or contraceptive implant immediately after delivering a baby. This is partly due to specific Medicaid reimbursement for an IUD or implant at the same time as delivery has gone from being available in no states to 19 states in just three years, while eight other states are considering the enhanced reimbursement. Interviews with representatives of 40 Medicaid agencies found that the most common reasons agencies decided to provide coverage included perceived significant benefits for maternal and child health outcomes and overall cost-savings. By comparison, agencies that don't currently provide specific payment for the service expressed concern about health risks and uncertainty about financial implications. The authors noted that IUDs inserted immediately after birth have a slightly higher chance of falling out than IUDs inserted 8-10 weeks later, but the risk of dangerous complications was found to be exceedingly low with both immediate and delayed placement. They add that immediate placement of IUDs is cost-effective.
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