House Speaker Gunn plans to quash postpartum Medicaid proposals, again

House Speaker Philip Gunn this week strongly reiterated his opposition to any effort to allow new mothers to keep Medicaid coverage for up to a year after giving birth. “I don’t see the advantage of doing the postpartum thing,” Gunn, R-Clinton, told reporters on Tuesday. The leader of the 122-member House chamber said he won’t back any plan during the upcoming legislative session that would give additional postpartum Medicaid benefits to people who recently gave birth because leaders of the state Division of Medicaid have not endorsed the idea. But the leaders of the agency responsible for administering state Medicaid policy have publicly told lawmakers their job is simply to execute laws, and they will take a neutral stance on postpartum Medicaid legislation.

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