HHS approves 12-month extension of postpartum coverage in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Kansas – InsuranceNewsNet

WASHINGTON, July 27 — The US Department of Health and Human Services issued the following press release on July 26, 2022:

An estimated 19,000 people are now eligible for life-saving post-pregnancy care, thanks to the US bailout and the Biden-Harris administration efforts to strengthen maternal health coverage.

Today the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Medicare and Medicaid Service Centers (CMS), approved the expansion of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 12 months after pregnancy in Connecticut, Massachusettsand Kansas. Thus, up to 19,000 additional people per year – including 4,000 in Connecticut; 8,000 in Massachusettsand 7,000 in Kansas – will now have access to Medicaid or CHIP coverage for a full year after pregnancy. With today’s approval, approximately 284,000 Americans per year in 18 states and DC are eligible for 12 months of postpartum coverage. If all states adopted this option, no less than 720,000 people across United States annually could be guaranteed Medicaid and CHIP coverage for 12 months after pregnancy.

In June, the White House published the Biden-Harris Administration Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis, a whole-of-government approach to addressing maternal mortality and morbidity. For too many people, complications related to pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period can have devastating health consequences and lead to hundreds of deaths each year. This maternal health crisis is particularly devastating for Black, Native American and Alaska Native people, as well as those in rural communities, all of whom experience significantly higher rates of maternal mortality and morbidity than their white and urban. Today’s action is part of the Administration’s ongoing efforts to address maternal health disparities and improve health outcomes.

The Biden-Harris administration has made strengthening maternal health a top priority, and through of President Biden American Rescue Plan, more than 280,000 families nationwide can now receive essential health care coverage for a full year after pregnancy,” the HHS Secretary said. Xavier Becerra. “We applaud Connecticut, Massachusettsand Kansas for joining our efforts to support healthy parents and babies and calling on other states to work with us to expand access to this essential care.”

“I am happy that CMS can partner with Connecticut, Massachusettsand Kansas to extend coverage for a full 12 months after pregnancy. Today, we estimate that more than 280,000 people across the country now have access to one of the greatest gifts we can give a new family: the peace of mind that comes with health care coverage.” , said the administrator of the CMS. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “The U.S. bailout provides states with an easier path to supporting the health and well-being of postpartum women and families – especially during the vital first year after pregnancy. We look forward to welcoming new many other states in the fold in the future.”

This coverage extension was made possible by a new state plan opportunity established by the American Rescue Plan Act. Connecticut, Massachusettsand Kansas are the latest states to receive approval to expand Medicaid and CHIP coverage from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy, joining California; Florida; Illinois; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Michigan; Minnesota; New Jersey; New Mexico; Oregon; Caroline from the south; Tennessee; Virginia; washington state; and washington d.c.

CMS continues to work to expand coverage for 12 months post-pregnancy in other states that have submitted expansion proposals, including Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvaniaand West Virginia.

Medicaid covers 42% of all births in the country. This new option for states to expand postpartum Medicaid and CHIP coverage is part of ongoing efforts by HHS and the Biden-Harris Administration address disparities in maternal health outcomes by opening the door to postpartum care for hundreds of thousands of people.

As stated in a report published by the HHS Assistant’s Office Planning and Evaluation Secretary, one in three pregnancy-related deaths occurs between a week and a year after childbirth. The postpartum period is critical for recovering from childbirth, dealing with complications of childbirth, ensuring mental health, managing infant care, and transitioning from obstetric to primary care.

Visit Medicaid.gov to learn more about the State Medicaid Plan Amendment and CHIP extension of postpartum coverage in Washington.

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Original text here: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2022/07/26/hhs-approves-12-month-extension-postpartum-coverage-connecticut-massachusetts-kansas.html

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