The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has announced a new non-payment policy for early elective deliveries.
Starting July 1 Indiana Medicaid will not pay a hospital or physician for the delivery of a child prior to 39 weeks gestation that isn’t medically necessary.
Indiana becomes the fourth state to eliminate Medicaid payment for early elective deliveries.
The Indiana Hospital Association reports that early elective deliveries now make up less than 3 percent of deliveries in Indiana, compared to 11 percent in 2012.
State health officials say that reducing infant mortality is the state’s top health priority and this new policy is aimed at achieving that goal.
For more visit the Indiana State Department of Health website at www.StateHealth.in.gov.