More Than 250,000 People Gain Yearlong Postpartum Care

CMS recently approved Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington, D.C., to offer 12 months of postpartum coverage through Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) extensions, adding an additional 15,000 enrollees annually with extended coverage from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy. In total, nearly 253,000 people in 14 states and D.C. have gained such access as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Starting on April 1, states were able to apply “to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage to 12 months via a state plan amendment,” according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. So far, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington and West Virginia have also submitted the extension proposals.

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Jinghong Chen

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Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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