Postpartum healthcare among immigrant women and state health coverage policy in the United States


Mencoff Hall 205

Maria Steenland (PSTC)

In the United States, nearly one quarter of women giving birth were born outside of the United States, and an estimated one out of every 13 births in the country is to an undocumented immigrant mother. While most low-income women are eligible for Medicaid during and after pregnancy, in many states low-income undocumented and recent immigrants are not eligible for pregnancy Medicaid and are covered instead by less generous programs which often do not cover postpartum care. This project will examine whether postpartum outcomes vary between foreign-born and US-born low-income women, and will examine the relationship between state public coverage policies for pregnant and postpartum immigrant women and disparities in postpartum care between foreign and US-born women.