Important Update! 12-Month Postpartum Coverage Approved for West Virginia and Indiana!

9/8/2022

​​​The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), approved the extension of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for 12 months after pregnancy in West Virginia as well as Indiana


As part of the American Rescue Plan and the Biden-Harris Administration's efforts to strengthen maternal health coverage, up to 15,000 additional members from both states will now be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP for a full year after pregnancy. Out of  the 15,000, 3,000 West Virginians will be eligible. With today’s approval, in combination with previously approved state extensions, an estimated 333,000 Americans annually in 23 states and the District of Columbia (D.C) are eligible for 12 months of postpartum coverage. If all states adopted this option, as many as 720,000 people across the United States annually would be guaranteed Medicaid and CHIP coverage for 12 months after pregnancy.

 




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For more information, please contact the Bureau for Medical Services (BMS) at 304-558-1700.
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