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HHS approved the 12-month postpartum expansion in California, Florida, Kentucky, and Oregon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approved the 12-month postpartum expansion of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage in California, Florida, Kentucky, and Oregon. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that nearly 126,000 families would benefit from this expansion.

The other states that have extended Medicaid and CHIP coverage from 60-days to 12 months were South Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Louisiana, Virginia, New Jersey, and Illinois. The CMS announced that it is working with the other state governments to expand the postpartum coverage and benefit 720,000 pregnant and postpartum individuals annually.

CMS, in its statement, announced that Medicaid covers 42% of childbirth in the U.S. As per the HHS and ASPE report, one in three pregnancy-related deaths were reported between one week and one year after childbirth. Further, it announced that these efforts are towards the commitment of HHS and the Biden administration to address maternal health outcomes.