Although Connecticut’s Medicaid programs, Husky A and B, are essential providers of coverage for maternity care, there are still major racial and ethnic disparities in access to, use of, and quality of prenatal care in Connecticut. The cesarean birth rate in the state is almost 9% higher than the US average. African American/black and Hispanic mothers experience comparatively high rates of low birth weight births. Furthermore, Connecticut is home to a substantial rural population which experiences unique challenges to accessing adequate health care. While 75% of the Connecticut population is non-Hispanic white, 9% is African American/black, 12% is Hispanic and 4% is categorized as having other racial/ethnic backgrounds.
Hiersteiner, Dorothy and Inandan, Kaye, "Women’s Health Disparities and Midwifery Care: Spotlight on Connecticut" (2010). Publications from the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. 45.