UPDATE: Mississippi Senate Proposes Reviving Postpartum Care Coverage Bill, Resolution Passes Ground | Mississippi Politics and Current Affairs
Postpartum care is making a comeback in the Legislative Assembly.
UPDATE March 29, 6:30 p.m.:
The Senate passed Suspension Resolution 588 that would revive language from SB 2033 that was killed in the House earlier in the session.
The bill was passed by the deputies. This will now head to the House where they will need to have a two-thirds vote to pass the resolution.
The Mississippi Senate made the decision to try to revive the postpartum care bill that was killed earlier in the session.
The original legislation, SB 2033, passed the Senate and the House Medicaid Committee, but was left on the schedule to die a few weeks ago. It was a procedural decision that did not require House lawmakers to vote on the bill before it failed.
“Access to health care during and after pregnancy is crucial, protecting the lives of mothers and their children,” Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann said when introducing the resolution.
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The Senate quickly announced from the leadership that they would try again to revive the legislation before the end of the session. The move came on Tuesday when the Senate introduced a suspension resolution, SCR 588, to further consider the original postpartum bill.
In order to revive the original bill, the Senate and House will need to vote to suspend the rules and pass the resolution. This decision requires a two-thirds vote of each body. The Senate has mentioned that this is not the only possible avenue for reviving the legislation, but it is the one that is currently on the table.
This would be the third attempt to extend coverage for postpartum women on Medicaid for up to 12 months of Senate care. The first attempt was made in 2021 through the Medicaid Engineering Amendments Bill. This measure was also removed by the House during the conference process.