With the growing number of maternal deaths occurring in the postpartum period, keeping women covered through Medicaid is critically important.
Something urgently needs to be done to respond to the alarming maternal mortality crisis in the U.S., which disproportionately affects women of color. When Medicaid and CHIP expires just 60 days after the end of pregnancy many women are at risk of becoming uninsured and missing out on critical access to care that can prevent pregnancy-related deaths. Postpartum care encompasses a range of important health needs, including recovery from childbirth, follow up on pregnancy complications, management of chronic health conditions, access to family planning, and addressing mental health conditions. Together with existing Medicaid and marketplace coverage, an extension of postpartum Medicaid coverage would mean that 70% of uninsured women would likely be eligible for some type of publicly subsidized coverage during the postpartum period.
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