From the Health Affairs Blog:
The Next Steps To Advance Maternal And Child Health In Medicaid: Filling Gaps In Postpartum Coverage And Newborn Enrollment
In this piece, there is a discussion on pending bipartisan legislation reported out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (HR4996) on November 20, 2019, which would give states the option of extending postpartum coverage for pregnant women from 60 days to one-year.
Extending postpartum Medicaid coverage to one year has been a push from advocates for many reasons, of which should seem obvious, yet legislation continues. We have had to watch passively as maternal morbidity and mortality has increased in the US, many problems which emerge in the postpartum period. This piece also reports on a gap of automatic and continuous infant enrollment. Extending postpartum coverage could result in positively impacting the infant enrollment gap.
Percent of infants younger than one year of age in Medicaid/EPSDT who were not counted as enrolled for at least 90 days, by state, federal fiscal year 2018.
Source: Authors’ analysis of CMS 416 form data for federal fiscal year 2018 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, Maryland.