GENERIC: Pregnancy

A candidate for Michigan governor released a plan this week to pay teens and young women on the state’s Medicaid system to delay having children until age 23.

Libertarian candidate Bill Gelineau calls MI - Way Forward an “incentive program.” The pilot program would enroll 5,000 girls, with the permission of their parents, at age 15 or 16.

The participants would receive an increasingly large dollar amount not to become pregnant until age 23.

“For many years now, Michigan and other states have provided Medicaid assistance for a large percentage of live births – generally hovering in the mid 40’s percentage – peaking at 45.3% in 2010.   Finding solutions to reduce the dependence on Medicaid as the insurance of last resort has proven problematic,” Gelineau said on his website.

Gelineau said the goals of the program are “quite simple.”

  1. To encourage young women to delay first pregnancy
  2. Reduce long-term expenses to the Medicaid and other Social Welfare Systems.   
  3. Equalize behavior-related taxpayer subsidies across socio-economic classes.   

In the end, a 15-year-old girl who completes the program would earn $27,000.

To read more about the plan, click here

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