American Heart Association applauds state Senate and Assembly for including postpartum coverage in one-house budget bills
By the American Heart Association
Growing evidence suggests pregnancy complications could mean future health risks, particularly heart disease and stroke. The state Assembly and Senate took steps to reduce this by including measures that would extend the Medicaid postpartum coverage period from 60 days to 12 months in their proposed one-house budget bills that came out this week.
“New York currently ranks 23rd in the nation for its rate of maternal mortality – and these risks are even more prevalent among communities of color, as Black woman are more than three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related death than white women,” said Brianna Durkee, New York state government relations director for the American Heart Association. “Expanding the postpartum Medicaid coverage will help individuals receive the medical care they need to screen for the development of risk factors that can develop after the birth of a child.”
Expanded Medicaid coverage means postpartum patients will have the opportunity to receive adequate counseling and screening for risk factors for cardiac issues, including:
√ Heart disease
√ Postpartum depression
√ And substance use
Extending eligibility to 12 months after the end of pregnancy would provide an automatic coverage pathway during a vulnerable time and prevent disruptions in care. It would positively impact the long-term health and wellbeing of pregnant and birthing individuals, their families, and their communities.
The American Heart Association calls on Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state legislators to ensure this measure is included in the 2023 enacted state budget.
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