Most states have extended Medicaid coverage after birth to one year

Most states have extended Medicaid coverage after birth to one year

Data: US Department of Health and Human Services; Map: Madison Dong

More than half of the states have now expanded theirs Postpartum Medicaid coverage from a federal mandate of 60 days to one year, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: US Maternal Mortality Rates surpass those in other developed countries, and expanded eligibility for benefits is seen as an increasingly important tool to improve the health of mother and child.

  • The trend resonated in the post-Roe landscape, which includes states with abortion bans tend to have poorer health outcomes and fewer safety net programs for mothers and children.

details: HHS officials first confirmed this to Axios Georgia and Pennsylvania’s waivers to expand postpartum coverage were approved, bringing the total to 26 states and the District of Columbia.

by numbers: According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Big picture: Under federal guidelines, Medicaid coverage for pregnancy ends 60 days after delivery, after which nearly half of women covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program become uninsured, according to pre-pandemic estimates from Congressional Budget Office.

  • The American rescue plan, adopted last year, gives states an option to extend their Medicaid postpartum coverage for 12 months.

What they say: “To date, more than half of the states have heeded this call, achieving an important milestone that will significantly impact women and families,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in a statement.

  • HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra urged the remaining states to follow suit and “expand access to this critical care.”

Go deeper: Health experts see rise in maternal mortality after Roe

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