Improving Maternal Health by Extending Postpartum Coverage

The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates of any high-resourced country, with women of color accounting for a disproportionate number of those deaths. Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women are 3.3 and 2.5 times more likely, respectively, to die from pregnancy-related causes than non-Hispanic white women.

While the country has taken steps to improve maternal health and address disparities in health outcomes, there is much more to be done to address the maternal health crisis and health equity gaps.

By expanding Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) maternal health coverage to 12 months postpartum, Congress can help approximately 720,000 low-income mothers annually and improve the health and well-being of both mothers and their children. For these pregnant women and mothers, the extension of postpartum coverage would ensure the continuity of care during one of the most critical and vulnerable times of their lives and provide their children with the foundation for healthier lives.

Learn more from Dr. Gloria N. Eldridge of Health Care Service Corporation by watching the video below.

Check out our recent Medicaid Spotlight Q&A with HCSC on combatting maternal mortality by clicking here.