Infant Mortality in Michigan 2013

Medicaid Expansion Could Benefit Michigan Babies

Too many Michigan infants are dying: Roughly 800 Michigan babies died in 2010. The state’s infant mortality rate has been higher than the national average for two decades. Its 2010 infant mortality rate (7.1 deaths per 1,000 births) ranked 37th among the states. Medicaid expansion could help reduce Michigan’s high infant mortality rate.

The infant mortality rate is one of a number of measures tracked on the MiDashboard as an accountability strategy initiated by the governor. It reflects multiple factors such as maternal health, health care access and quality as well as socioeconomic conditions. The infant mortality rate is an overall indicator of the quality of life in Michigan because it represents the well-being for the state’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens—infants. Full report