Research shows Medicaid produces long-term health benefits.

07 May 2015 Written by  

A recent study shows that the benefits of receiving quality prenatal and infant care through Medicaid continue into young adulthood.  The study found that people born between 1979 and 1993 with Medicaid coverage in utero or during infancy had fewer preventable hospitalizations as young adults and were 7% less likely to be obese.  The authors conclude, “Our results indicate that expanding Medicaid prenatal coverage had long-term benefits for the health of the next generation.” (Miller, Sarah Marie and Wherry, Laura R., The Long-Term Health Effects of Early Life Medicaid Coverage (February 2, 2015). Available at SSRN: or



April Young Bennett 300April Young Bennett, Communications Director, joined the organization in 2014. She received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona and her Bachelor in Community Health Education from Utah State University. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, April worked for the Utah Department of Health for over a decade, addressing health disparities among minorities and other underserved Utahns. She completed internships and fellowships with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the U.S. Senate.