Requires 1 year of postpartum Medicaid coverage for women
Bill Primary sponsors
Representative Aaron Pilkington
Full Bill Title
An Act to require Medicaid coverage for postpartum mothers for one year after giving birth
What it does
This bill requires the Department of Human Services to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage to mothers for one year.
The department may “submit and apply for a state plan amendment or waiver to obtain federal approval to adopt one-year postpartum Medicaid coverage for mothers who have recently given birth.”
Arkansas currently offers Medicaid coverage to low-income mothers for up to 60 days after the baby is born. Yet nearly half (47%) of all pregnancy-related deaths in the state occured between 43 days and one year after the birth. Arkansas has among the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation.
The American Rescue Plan Act offered states the option to extend Medicaid-funded postpartum care to 12 months.
Options: Filed, on agenda, passed, failed… (more)
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