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Ga. to end Medicaid payments for some early births

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Posted at 10:24 AM, Mar 25, 2013
and last updated 2014-06-18 11:53:03-04

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia health officials are hoping to improve care - and save money - by steering pregnant women and doctors away from some early deliveries.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/YCodZX) that state officials are doing this by eliminating Medicaid payments for elective C-sections and induced deliveries before 39 weeks.

The move, which will take effect July 1, will save the state's ailing Medicaid health program for the poor an estimated $7 million this fiscal year and next by avoiding costly medical complications and stays in neonatal intensive care units.

Christopher Schrimpf, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Community Health, says the move was a policy decision "that will result in better health outcomes for Georgia families." The agency oversees Medicaid in the state.