Texas Extends Postpartum Coverage For Medicaid, CHIP Recipients

~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has announced that the state will be extending postpartum coverage to 12 months for eligible Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients. This decision, effective March 1, 2024, was made in collaboration with partners in the Texas Legislature, including Senator Lois Kolkhorst and Representative Toni Rose.

In a statement, Governor Abbott expressed the importance of this bipartisan legislation in providing critical healthcare resources to new mothers and vulnerable young Texans. He emphasized that by extending postpartum Medicaid and CHIP coverage, the state is ensuring that these individuals have access to necessary healthcare services to care for their families and thrive.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will be responsible for implementing this extension of postpartum coverage. HHS Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young stated that this decision will greatly benefit new mothers in accessing needed healthcare services. She also expressed HHSC's commitment to supporting Texas families.

Last year, Governor Abbott signed House Bill 12 into law, extending Medicaid and CHIP postpartum coverage from two to 12 months. This means that anyone enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP who is pregnant or becomes pregnant is now eligible for the extended coverage. In January, the Governor and HHSC announced that their request to extend postpartum coverage had been approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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For those who were enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP while pregnant and are still within their 12-month postpartum period, coverage will be automatically reinstated as long as they still reside in Texas. Similarly, women who transitioned from Medicaid or CHIP to Healthy Texas Women after their pregnancy ended and are still within their 12-month postpartum period will be transitioned back to full-coverage Medicaid or CHIP.

Medicaid and CHIP cover a wide range of services including regular medical checkups, prescription drugs and vaccines, hospital care, X-rays and lab tests, vision and hearing care, access to medical specialists and mental health care, and treatment of special health needs and preexisting conditions. It is estimated that approximately 137,000 women will benefit from this extended coverage in fiscal year 2025.

For more information on Medicaid and CHIP postpartum coverage, individuals can visit HHSC's Women and Children webpage. To apply for Medicaid or CHIP, they can call 2-1-1 and choose Option 2 or visit YourTexasBenefits.com. This decision by the state of Texas is a significant step towards ensuring the well-being of new mothers and their families.

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