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AHA's Top Priorities Face March 10th Deadline

Thanks to the help of You're the Cure advocates, two of our key issues for Mississippi's 2022 legislative session - SNAP incentives funding and Medicaid postpartum extension - continue to be eligible for consideration by lawmakers.

 

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Both issues are now facing a March 10th deadline to be heard in the House, in order to continue their legislative journey. Here's a quick update on these policy efforts:

SNAP Incentives Funding: 

To Grow the Good for Mississippi families, local economies, and agriculture, we're urging the Mississippi Legislature to create the Mississippi Farms and Families Program that would provide matching dollar incentives for SNAP benefits spent on eligible fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets and retailers. 

While House Bill 555 died in the Senate Appropriations committee on the March 1st deadline day, Senate Bill 2077 passed out of the House Agriculture Committee and is on the calendar for passage on the House floor. 

Medicaid Postpartum Coverage: 

Cardiovascular conditions are the leading cause of maternal deaths in the state just six months postpartum. These conditions are preventable and manageable with continuous access to healthcare during this critical time in motherhood. As such, we're urging the Mississippi Legislature to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage from 60 days to one full year. 

Thanks to your hard work, emails, and phone calls, Senate Bill 2033 passed the House Medicaid Committee by the March 1st deadline and is heading to the House floor. With over 60% of all births in Mississippi funded by Medicaid, as reported by the Center for Mississippi Health Policy, this policy effort will have a positive impact on a large number of individuals.

Watch for future You're the Cure alerts to let your voice be heard on these issues! Together, we are a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives through policy change. 

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