Medicaid postpartum coverage extension is good for new mothers’ heart health

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Mon. March 21, 2022 1:40 p.m.

American Heart Association Applauds Senate and State Assembly for Including Postpartum Coverage in One House Budget Bills

By the American Heart Association

A growing body of evidence suggests that pregnancy complications could mean future health risks, especially heart disease and stroke. The state Assembly and Senate have taken steps to reduce this by including measures that would extend the period of postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to 12 months in their one-home budget bills that have been released this week.

“New York City currently ranks 23rd in the nation for its maternal mortality rate – and these risks are even more prevalent among communities of color, as black women are more than three times more likely to die from a death related to pregnancy than white women,” said Brianna Durkee, New York State government relations director for the American Heart Association. “Expanding postpartum Medicaid coverage will help individuals receive the medical care they need to screen for the development of risk factors that may develop after the birth of a child.”

Medicaid’s expanded coverage means that postpartum patients will have the opportunity to receive proper counseling and screening for risk factors for heart problems, including:

√ Heart disease

√ hypertension

√ Diabetes

√ Postpartum depression

√ And substance use

Extending eligibility to 12 months after termination of pregnancy would provide an automatic route to coverage during a vulnerable period and avoid interruptions in care. This would have a positive impact on the long-term health and well-being of pregnant and childbirth women, their families and their communities.

The American Heart Association is calling on Governor Kathy Hochul and state lawmakers to ensure this measure is included in the state budget passed in 2023.

The American Heart Association is dedicated to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death worldwide. We team up with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide vital tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org, or call any of our offices across the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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