Preemie Problem

Premature babies are costing health insurance companies a lot.

A preterm birth costs nearly 12-times more than a normal full term birth, according to a study from the March of Dimes.

It takes almost $46,000 to care for a premature baby in the first year. Healthy full term babies cost insurance companies about $3,800.

Babies are considered premature if they are born before 37 weeks. Since the 1980's preterm births have risen 36 percent, according to the March of Dimes.

March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization that is working to help prevent premature births and infant deaths.

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