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- The Helping MOMS Act would incentivize state-level Medicaid extension to the entire postpartum period and invest in maternal-specific public health
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Today, the majority of pregnancy-related deaths in America happen after the day of delivery, and nearly one quarter of deaths happen more than six weeks postpartum. Yet despite the life-threatening risks that women face in the postpartum period, Medicaid currently only covers women for two months after the birth of their baby. Given that Medicaid pays for nearly half of all births in
"The bipartisan Helping MOMS Act is a historic step toward ensuring every mother in America has health coverage after giving birth, which will save lives and improve maternal outcomes," said
Underwood launched the
The Helping MOMS Act has received endorsements by many leading health and family advocates and organizations.
"This is a significant step forward in ensuring access to health care during the critical first year after a woman gives birth which will help reverse the troubling trajectory in the rates of maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States...The Helping MOMS Act will help us to build upon our commitment to expand access to health care and social services for postpartum women,"
"We applaud the leadership of Congresswomen
The Helping MOMS Act is additionally endorsed by the