State lawmakers eye cutting prenatal care for low-income women

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State lawmakers are looking at limiting prenatal health care under Medicaid.

Right now, the limit is for those making about $22,000 a year. The new measure would lower coverage for mothers making about $14,000 a year.

Supporters say it could save $40 million. Opponents said limiting prenatal care can lead to problems for mothers and newborns and could cost the state more in the long run.

The chair of the House Public Health Committee said he’s concerned about the possible ramifications.

“A lot of these low income women are already shouldering a disproportionate share of the burden and we need to make sure that we don’t make that any tougher,” said Representative Ed Clere, R-District 72.

The measure is currently being negotiated in conference committee and would have to be approved by the full House and Senate before the end of the season.