Births to Mothers With Medicaid Coverage: Smoking During Pregnancy, 2005

Back • Publication Date: May 18th, 2007

Authors: Mary Alice Lee, Ph.D.

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Women who smoke during pregnancy are at risk for pregnancy complications, preterm birth, low birthweight infants, stillbirth, and infant death. Among births in 2005, 15 percent of HUSKY A mothers smoked during pregnancy, compared to 7 percent of those with FFS Medicaid coverage and 3 percent of all other mothers. Babies born to mothers in HUSKY A who smoked were about twice as likely to be low birthweight (15%), compared to babies born to non-smokers (7%). This brief recommends that Connecticut’s Medicaid program should cover effective treatments for tobacco dependence and that HUSKY A contracts with managed care plans should specify that plans are responsible for providing these services for pregnant women and children.