(AP) – New mothers can now receive one year of full Medicaid coverage after delivery as a new state law expanding services takes effect. The 12-month post-partum coverage began on Friday. The expansion was offered to states in a COVID-19 relief and stimulus package approved by Congress last year.
Until now, women whose households received up to nearly twice the poverty level could receive 60 days of post-partum coverage. Most pregnant women and those whose pregnancies have ended also will receive full Medicaid benefits — and not just maternity-focused benefits previously provided. The state’s cost share will be paid for through increased hospital assessment receipts.