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HHS Approves 12 month Extension of Postpartum Medicaid  and CHIP Coverage in North Carolina

☷HHS Approves 12 month Extension of Postpartum Medicaid and CHIP Coverage in North Carolina

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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   Announcement comes as CMS also celebrates all 50 states and D . C . providing dental coverage in Medicaid/CHIP for pregnant and postpartum individuals , part of the Biden - Harris Administration’s push for more comprehensive health care to support families , children , and communities in need . Today , the U . S . Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) , through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ( CMS ) , approved the extension of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program ( CHIP ) coverage for 12 months after pregnancy in Nor......th Carolina . As a result , up to an additional 28 , 000 people will now be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP for a full year after pregnancy in North Carolina . With today’s approval , in combination with previously approved state extensions , an estimated 361 , 000 Americans annually in 24 states and D . C . are eligible for 12 months of postpartum coverage . If all states adopted this option , as many as 720 , 000 people across the United States would be guaranteed Medicaid and CHIP coverage for 12 months after pregnancy . The Biden - Harris Administration has made expanding access to high - quality , affordable health care a top priority – and because of the American Rescue Plan ( ARP ) and other Administration efforts , more people than ever before have health insurance coverage . Extending Medicaid postpartum coverage is an important part of these efforts . In addition to today’s postpartum extension in North Carolina , the Biden - Harris Administration is also highlighting that , beginning in October 2022 , all 50 states and D . C . will offer dental coverage for Medicaid enrollees who are pregnant and postpartum through at least 60 days after pregnancy . This change means that an even broader array of critical Medicaid benefits will be available during and after pregnancy . “We are thrilled to have North Carolina join our efforts to support healthy parents and babies by offering critical coverage through the first full year after pregnancy , ” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra . “The Biden - Harris Administration has made addressing the maternal health crisis an urgent priority , and actions like today’s extension in North Carolina are a key part of our work . We are continuing to do all we can to strengthen Medicaid and CHIP and ensure all families and children get the high - quality , affordable health care they deserve . ”“North Carolina joins a growing list of state partners choosing to prioritize health care coverage in the critical first year after pregnancy , ” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks - LaSure . “The American Rescue Plan serves as a foundation to support the health and wellbeing of postpartum women and families . Thanks to the Administration’s Maternal Health Blueprint , including CMS’ own Maternity Care Action Plan , we’re continuing to improve maternal health across the country . ”The Biden - Harris Administration has championed policies to improve maternal health and equity since the President and Vice President first took office . In April 2021 , President Biden issued the first - ever Presidential Proclamation marking Black Maternal Health Week . In December 2021 , Vice President Harris hosted the first - ever White House Maternal Health Day of Action , where she announced important commitments to address the maternal health crisis . The Vice President also issued a call to action to the private and public sectors to improve maternal health outcomes , where she urged states to extend Medicaid coverage for postpartum women from 2 months to 12 months , and announced guidance for how states can extend their coverage . Additionally , she convened a historic meeting with Cabinet secretaries and agency leaders to discuss the Administration’s whole - of - government approach to addressing maternal mortality and morbidity . Today’s announcement is part of HHS’ ongoing effort to support safe pregnancies and childbirth , eliminate pregnancy - related health disparities , and improve health outcomes for parents and infants across our country . In June , the White House released the Biden - Harris Administration’s Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis , a whole - of - government approach to combatting maternal mortality and morbidity . For far too many people , complications related to pregnancy , childbirth , and the postpartum period can lead to devastating health outcomes and result in hundreds of deaths each year . This maternal health crisis is particularly devastating for Black and American Indian and Alaska Native people , and those in rural communities , who all experience maternal mortality and morbidity at significantly higher rates than their white and urban counterparts . In July , CMS released its Maternity Care Action Plan to support the implementation of the Biden - Harris Administration’s Blueprint . The action plan includes postpartum coverage extensions through Medicaid and CHIP . It takes a holistic and coordinated approach across CMS to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities for people during pregnancy , childbirth , and the postpartum period . CMS’ implementation of the action plan will support the Biden - Harris Administration’s broad vision and call to action to improve maternal health . Today’s extension of coverage was made possible by a new state plan authority established by the ARP , under which states may extend postpartum coverage in their Medicaid and CHIP programs from the current mandatory 60 - day period to 12 months . North Carolina is the most recent state to extend Medicaid and CHIP coverage for 12 months following pregnancy , joining California; Connecticut; Florida; Hawaii; Illinois; Indiana; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; New Jersey; New Mexico; Ohio; Oregon; South Carolina; Tennessee; Virginia; Washington state; Washington , D . C . ; and West Virginia . CMS continues to work with other states that have proposed adopting the ARP option to extend postpartum coverage to 12 months . For more information , consult the fact sheet available here . Medicaid covers 42% of all births in the nation and more than half of all children in the country . This new option for states to extend Medicaid and CHIP postpartum coverage is part of ongoing efforts through HHS and the Biden - Harris Administration to address disparities in maternal health outcomes by opening the door to postpartum care for hundreds of thousands of people . Extending Medicaid postpartum coverage is an important part of these efforts , as highlighted in the Biden - Harris Administration’s Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis and CMS’ recently released Maternity Care Action Plan . For more information on these and other efforts to advance connections to care for pregnant and postpartum individuals , consult this fact sheet . As noted in a report published by the HHS Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation , one in three pregnancy - related deaths occur between one week and one year after childbirth . The postpartum period is critical for recovering from childbirth , addressing complications of delivery , ensuring mental health , managing infant care , and transitioning from obstetric to primary care . Visit Medicaid . gov to learn more about the Medicaid and CHIP state plan amendment extensions of postpartum coverage in North Carolina .


22 September 2022 ( September 22 2022 )



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