In the House yesterday, the MOMS Act advanced out of subcommittee with a unanimous vote. This bill would allow states to extend Medicaid eligibility for recently pregnant women from the current sixty days post-partum to a year. States that elect to expand Medicaid eligibility would also receive an additional five points of federal matching funds. That payment bump would mean that a state like Mississippi would pay only 18% of the total costs of care instead of the standard 23% while states like Massachusetts would pay 45% of the costs instead of 50%.
Why is this happening?
The US has poor maternal health outcomes. We have high and increasing maternal morbidity. A significant proportion of the maternal deaths happen between 61 and 365 days after birth.
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