House Bill

HB1010:

Requires Medicaid coverage for new mothers for 1 year after birth

Sponsor

Bill Primary sponsors

Pilkington

Cosponsors

Filed: 1/9/2023 1:51:35 PM

Original Title

To require Medicaid coverage for postpartum mothers for one year after giving birth

Summary

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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Status

In House Public Health

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