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Extending Medicaid for Mothers Postpartum

posted on Tue, Jul 22 2014 11:07 am by Western Region

According to Medicaid.gov, “Medicaid coverage for pregnant women includes prenatal care through the pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and for 60 days postpartum.” The Network was recently contacted by an advocate for child and maternal health who said organizations in her state are considering proposing a bill to extend Medicaid coverage for postpartum mothers up to one year after birth. The requestor asked if other states have extended coverage for mothers enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at the time of birth.

The Network researched the question and found that no states have extended postpartum Medicaid or CHIP general coverage beyond 60 days. However, according to Kaiser Family Foundation, several states such as Arizona, Rhode Island, and Wyoming do provide Family Planning Services to women who are losing Medicaid coverage postpartum, usually for a period of two years.

The National Health Law Program has a helpful Q&A on coverage for pregnant women under Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Medicaid expansion will cover adults in households with incomes up to 133 percent of the poverty level, which will continue many women’s eligibility beyond and outside of their pregnancy. However, only 27 states and the District of Columbia are expanding Medicaid.

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