Legislature poised to clash over postpartum Medicaid again next year

The two chambers of the Mississippi Legislature appear headed toward another fight over a proposal to give new mothers increased health coverage under Medicaid. Senate Medicaid Chairman Kevin Blackwell, R-Southaven, told reporters after a hearing on Thursday that he “absolutely” intends to file a bill during the 2023 legislative session that would give new mothers postpartum Medicaid benefits for up to a year after giving birth. The Thursday committee heard from multiple medical experts about the benefits of increasing postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days — the state’s current policy — to a full year.

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