Republican state House speaker backs expanding Medicaid to cover mothers for a year after they give birth

Republican Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan threw his weight Wednesday behind a bill that would extend Medicaid coverage to mothers for a year postpartum as part of a broad package of proposals meant to increase access to affordable health care in Texas.

The number of reported maternal deaths has increased nationwide in recent decades, and Texas data shows Black women in the state die disproportionately while pregnant or after delivery, from causes like infections, heart problems and mental disorders.

But health experts and advocates point to a fix they say would avert some postpartum deaths: giving low-income moms government-sponsored insurance for a year after delivery. They are kicked off after two months in Texas — though about a third of deaths happen 43 days or more postpartum.

Source: Republican state House speaker backs expanding Medicaid to cover mothers for a year after they give birth / The Texas Tribune

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