More than a quarter of women of childbearing age are uninsured in Texas.Texas isn’t ready to support more parents and kids in a post-Roe world

More than a quarter of women of childbearing age are uninsured in Texas.Texas isn’t ready to support more parents and kids in a post-Roe world

BY ELEANOR KLIBANOFF

Maternal mortality in Texas

One of the causes of Texas’ maternal mortality numbers, according to experts and advocates, is the state’s staggering rate of uninsured residents. Texas is one of just 12 states that has not expanded Medicaid and has one of the lowest eligibility standards in the country: A single parent with three children would have to earn less than $400 a month to qualify for Medicaid.

As a result, in 2019, nearly 1 in 5 Texans had no health insurance, double the national average. And the stats are worse for women of childbearing age — in 2017, more than a quarter had no health insurance, the highest rate in the nation.

Texas also has the lowest rate of women accessing prenatal care in the first trimester, according to an investigation from ProPublica and Vox. Babies are five times more likely to die if their mothers did not access prenatal care, according to the U.S. Office on Women’s Health.

Pregnant Texans can qualify for Medicaid at a much higher income level — up to $4,579 a month for a single parent of three. As a result, half of all births in the state are financed by Medicaid, among the highest rates in the nation.

Access to contraception, sex education

Other barriers for new parents

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/05/09/texas-abortion-law-medicaid-contraception/

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