Requires Medicaid coverage for new mothers for 1 year after birth
Bill Primary sponsors
Filed: 1/9/2023 1:51:35 PM
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. 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.
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