Births to Mothers with HUSKY Program Coverage (Medicaid and CHIP): 2012

Back • Publication Date: June 24th, 2016

Authors: Mary Alice Lee, Ph.D, and Kenneth Feder. Amanda Learned, B.A. of MAXIMUS, Inc

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This report is the thirteenth in a series of reports on maternal health and birth outcomes issued by Connecticut Voices for Children as part of state-funded HUSKY Program performance monitoring.

Connecticut births in 2012 are described and compared with trends since 2000.

This report finds:

  • The HUSKY Program covers two out of every five births in Connecticut.
  • Mothers in the HUSKY Program and Medicaid are younger than other Connecticut mothers.
  • Mothers in the HUSKY Program and Medicaid are less likely than other Connecticut mothers to get early prenatal care.
  • Babies born to mothers in the HUSKY Program and Medicaid are more likely to be preterm and low birthweight.
  • Even though the rate has declined dramatically over the years, mothers in the HUSKY Program and Medicaid are far more likely to smoke during pregnancy.
  • After years of increase, the rate of caesarean deliveries began to level out for mothers with HUSKY coverage and for other mothers.