This change will affect thousands.
On March 16, Gov. Tate Reeves signed into law Senate Bill 2212 extending postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to 12 months for new mothers in Mississippi. During the response law of COVID-19, coverage was extended for 12 months, however would have expired at the end of March 2023.
What does this mean for mothers in Mississippi? With more than two-thirds of babies in Mississippi born to people on Medicaid, this change will affect thousands. In the past, new mothers on Medicaid lost postpartum health care coverage after 60 days; a period of time often the deadliest for new mothers. Now, women Mississippians on Medicaid will have postpartum health care coverage for 12 months, to address any post or continuing pregnancy-related health issues, such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as mental health issues that often arise after giving birth, like postpartum depression.
Federal law mandates states provide postpartum Medicaid coverage for at least 60 days, which was the current limit in Mississippi. Mississippi now joins 29 other states, including D.C., that have extended postpartum Medicaid coverage. As we reflect on the theme of the month, this bipartisan support of this bill in our Mississippi Legislature shows the importance of providing health support services for women in our state.
The Alliance enters this season of reflection and gratitude, deeply appreciative of the support from our many members, supporters, and friends.
The Phil Hardin Foundation in Meridian was chartered in 1964 with the charge to “improve the education of Mississippians.” For nearly six decades, we have strived to be a catalyst for educational opportunity and community improvement in Mississippi through innovative leadership and productive partnerships.
This summer, I joined thought leaders from Mississippi and across the country in the FutureGood Studio’s futurism training program. It was transformational. This experience redefined my outlook, both professionally as a nonprofit leader and on a personal level. It fundamentally altered the way I approach work and staff engagement and envision the future for both myself and the clients we serve.