SWHR Urges Biden Administration to Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

Policy Engagement

Published 2/5/21

SWHR signed onto a letter urging swift action from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to approve pending section 1115 demonstration projects to extend the postpartum coverage period for individuals enrolled in Medicaid while pregnant to a full year after the end of pregnancy.

The letter, signed by 113 national organizations and 151 state and local organizations dedicated to improving maternal health, stressed the importance of addressing the nation’s rising maternal mortality rate. The organizations recommended comprehensive coverage regardless of the health conditions of pregnant individuals.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 700 pregnancy-related deaths occur in the U.S. each year and about 60% of these deaths are preventable. The Biden Administration has a unique opportunity to elevate maternal health among its Medicaid priorities by acting accordingly to approve these state requests.

Read The Letter