Prenatal Plus Program, Colorado

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ABSTRACT: In 2002, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Women’s Health Unit sponsored a study to determine the cost-savings associated with its Prenatal Plus Program that provides comprehensive services to pregnant Medicaid-eligible women in Colorado. This study, conducted by the Colorado Health Sciences Center, found that for every $1 spent on the Prenatal Plus Program, Medicaid saved approximately $2.48 in an infant’s first year of life. The findings of the study, published by the Women’s Health Unit, were released in the form of an issue brief with corresponding fact and summary sheets and have been used to justify continued funding for the program and collaboration among the partner agencies. A brief overview of both the Prenatal Plus Program and the cost study and links to the resources on the study developed by the Women’s Health Unit are included below.

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