What are unplanned pregnancies costing Michigan?

In the 2000 fiscal year, the Medicaid program paid for prenatal, delivery and post-natal care of roughly 26,000 unintended births. Each birth cost Medicaid approximately $11,000, which equals $286,000,000 in costs for the State of Michigan.

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If Michigan were to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies by just 10 percent, it would save the state over $27 million in Medicaid expenditures.

Recent research found that the greatest determiner of a healthy pregnancy and birth is a healthy lifestyle prior to the pregnancy, followed by consistent pre-natal care.

Michigan Costs and Statistics

Unintended Pregnancies by Source of Payment
Cost to Family
Pre/Post-Natal Risk