The 2023 state legislative session started earlier this month, and this year we are working on important legislation designed to help protect the health of new moms. It would extend postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to a full year.
Pregnancy related deaths have been on the rise in Utah for the last decade, many of which were preventable. Currently in the state of Utah, women covered by Medicaid are only offered 60 days of postpartum care. However, according to Utah Perinatal Maternal Mortality Review, 65% of Utah’s pregnancy-related deaths happen between 43 and 365 days after birth.
There is a growing body of evidence that shows some of the most dangerous pregnancy-related complications – preeclampsia, blood clots, and heart problems such as cardiomyopathy – may not surface until weeks or months after delivery. These issues are rising in prevalence, and mothers need access to care during this high-risk time frame. We believe all mothers deserve quality care and coverage before, during, and after pregnancy. Healthy mothers are often the foundation of healthy families.
Please stay tuned to your email for updates and opportunities to take action on this issue.
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