Expanded Medicaid For New Mothers Begins In NC

RALEIGH, N.C. — New mothers can now receive one year of full Medicaid coverage after delivery as a new state law expanding services takes effect.

The 12-month post-partum coverage began on Friday.

The expansion was offered to states in a COVID-19 relief and stimulus package approved by Congress last year.

Until now, women whose households received up to nearly twice the poverty level could receive 60 days of post-partum coverage.

Most pregnant women and those whose pregnancies have ended also will receive full Medicaid benefits — and not just maternity-focused benefits previously provided.

The state’s cost share will be paid for through increased hospital assessment receipts.