States Expand Coverage for Pregnant Women, Infants, and Children

HRD-89-90: Published: Aug 16, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1989.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the extent to which states expanded Medicaid eligibility for infants, children, and pregnant women as a result of provisions in the 1986 and 1987 budget reconciliation acts.

GAO found that, in response to the provisions: (1) 44 states raised their income limits for Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women and infants; (2) 41 of those 44 states increased qualifying income levels to at least the federal poverty line, including 19 of the 22 states with infant mortality rates higher than the national average; (3) 36 states adopted such options as dropping assets tests, guaranteeing continuous eligibility, and offering temporary eligibility; and (4) 30 states raised income eligibility levels for children beyond infancy.

Oct 4, 2017

Oct 3, 2017

Sep 29, 2017

Sep 13, 2017

Sep 12, 2017

Sep 8, 2017

Sep 7, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here