March 8, 2023
Access & Coverage | Tea Leaves
  • Low-income new mothers in Mississippi will be eligible for a full year of Medicaid health coverage under a bill passed Tuesday by the state Legislature. The bipartisan move is the culmination of a two-year effort to convince a majority of the Republican-controlled House to provide longer postpartum coverage in one of the poorest states in the U.S. Republican proponents said the change was necessary after the U.S. Supreme Courtupended abortion rights nationwide by overturning Roe v. Wade last year using the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which arose from Mississippi. Governor Tate Reeves, who announced his support for the policy on February 26 after avoiding taking a public position for months, has promised to sign the bill. (Article here)