Medicaid Expansion Promotes Children’s Development

Untreated maternal depression is a major public health problem that affects large numbers of women, especially low-income women, and their children, according to a CLASP report. More than half (55%) of poor infants have a mother who is experiencing some level of depressive symptoms. Maternal depression has been shown to undercut children’s healthy development and stymie women’s efforts to escape poverty.

While safe and effective treatments exist, low-income and uninsured women are far less likely to get treatment. Expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income adults (including mothers) offers states a major opportunity to increase screening, identification, and treatment of maternal depression. Identifying and treating maternal depression also has the potential to save money for state Medicaid programs by improving other health issues faced by children and mothers, the report said.


About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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