Pregnancy, Medicaid, State Regulation, and Legal Subjection

Khiara M. Bridges

in Reproducing Race

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268944
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949447 | DOI:
Pregnancy, Medicaid, State Regulation, and Legal Subjection

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This chapter explores the use of Medicaid in the Alpha Hospital by patients who need prenatal care. It notes that as a condition of receipt of this aid, women were required to meet with a battery of professionals—namely, social workers, health educators, nutritionists, and financial officers—who are legally obliged to inquire into areas of women's lives that frequently exceed the realm of the medical. It concludes that Medicaid mandates an intrusion into women's private lives and produces pregnancy as an opportunity for state supervision, management, and regulation of poor, otherwise uninsured women.

Keywords: Medicaid; Alpha Hospital; prenatal care; private lives; pregnancy; state supervision; uninsured women

Chapter.  13326 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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