Medicaid Feels Brunt of Addicted Babies
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39% of female Medicaid recipients ages 15 to 44 filled an opioid prescription in a pharmacy each year from 2008 to 2012. This is compared to only 28% of women in the same age group using private insurance.
This supports a study that found that nearly 25% of pregnant women on Medicaid had filled an opioid prescription in 2007. Exposure to opioids during pregnancy can lead to a multitude of birth defects, as well as NAS (neonatal abstinence syndrome), in which babies are born addicted to pain killers. READ MORE.