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Michigan extends Medicaid coverage for newborns and mothers

Some insurers using this new payment model offer a single fee to one OB-GYN or medical practice, which then uses part of that money to cover the hospital care involved in labor and delivery. Other insurers opt to cut a separate contract with the hospital.
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Some insurers using this new payment model offer a single fee to one OB-GYN or medical practice, which then uses part of that money to cover the hospital care involved in labor and delivery. Other insurers opt to cut a separate contract with the hospital.

Michigan is expanding postpartum Medicaid coverage for the first year of a newborn’s life for the mother and the baby.

Right now, many Medicaid enrollees receive coverage for the first two to three months of their child’s life.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has budgeted around 20-million dollars for this expansion. She says it will benefit an estimated 35-thousand pregnant and postpartum people in Michigan.

The governor’s office says this will help ensure the health and well-being of moms and babies across the state.

State health officials say nearly half of the pregnancy-related deaths in Michigan are preventable.

They say the extended coverage will allow new mothers to have postpartum depression screening and referrals for needed treatment.