Actually, the study says that hospital circumcision rates are 24% lower in the 16 states where the procedure isn't covered by Medicaid.
But not in Missouri, right? "'We whack 'em all,' says Dr. Renee Stein, whose clinic at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis offers payment plans for families on Medicaid."
Which is apparently the end game of the study, if the press release and conclusions are to be taken at face value. It's part of a push by the UCLA AIDS Institute in the wake of that African circumcision study, to increase the circumcision rate among Hispanics, who are less likely to have their kids cut even when it's covered by Medicaid.
"The Fate of a Million Foreskins is in their hands." [newsweek via dt reader alex]
Press release: Circumcision rates lower in states where Medicaid does not cover procedure
Lack of coverage puts low-income children at higher risk of HIV infection [newsroom.ucla.edu]
abstract: Determinants and Policy Implications of Male Circumcision in the United States [ajph.org]