Medicaid Coverage Beyond Pregnancy

Published on January 10th, 2022

Memorandum of Support

Re: S1411-A Rivera / A307-A Gottfried
In relation to Medicaid coverage beyond pregnancy

The above-referenced bill would extend Medicaid coverage for women for a full year after they have given birth, pending federal financial participation.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation and we are pleased that Governor Hochul has included it in her 2022 agenda. It is our hope that the Governor is successful in working with the Biden Administration to see that the necessary federal authorization is provided.

Despite improvements in recent years, the maternal mortality rate in New York State remains unacceptably high. All women should have access to quality health care before, during, and after childbirth. This legislation would change the current 60-day period of Medicaid coverage following childbirth to one year.

Such coverage is necessary to ensure that a mother’s overall health – both her physical and behavioral health – is cared for, better ensuring that she can care for her infant and family. Postpartum care provided by professionals is absolutely critical for new mothers who may be affected by depression, anxiety, or other challenges, and those who may need assistance with breastfeeding and other aspects of care.

We believe this legislation will improve health outcomes for both mothers and infants and urge you to support it.