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Rep. Zwiener Votes to Extend Medicaid Eligibility to Women 12 Months After Pregnancy  print page

by: Rep. Zwiener, Erin
05/16/2019

Austin, TX — The Texas House of Representatives moved ahead on legislation to extend Medicaid coverage to new mothers for a full 12 months after giving birth. House Bill 744, authored by Rep. Toni Rose and supported by Rep. Erin Zwiener, would require the Health and Human Services Commission to provide coverage to women for at least a year after delivery as opposed to current law, which holds that a woman’s Medicaid coverage expires 60 days after giving birth.

“As a new mother, I know firsthand the importance of having access to health care the first year after pregnancy,” said Rep. Zwiener. “Texas’ maternal mortality rates are unconscionable, and complications often arise a few months after delivery. That’s why I supported Rep. Rose’s bill to expand access to health care for new mothers. By extending Medicaid coverage to 12 months after pregnancy, we can address head-on ongoing health conditions in new mothers and reduce Texas’ maternal mortality rates.”

Last year, state health department officials recommended measures related to improving the health of new mothers and mitigating the consequences of pregnancy-related complications. The main solution highlighted in a state health department report was better health care, particularly for low-income women on Medicaid.

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