Recent research suggests that people who have health insurance from infancy experience benefits later in life. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A generation after the U.S. expanded safety-net health coverage to pregnant women who would otherwise be uninsured, their grandchildren are still reaping the benefits, a new study suggests.

A new economic paper that examines the long-term benefits of Medicaid coverage for pregnant women suggests that when babies born with coverage grew up and started families of their own, those kids had higher average birth weights. The number of children born with extremely low birth weights, a serious condition, also fell.

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