States Move Ahead on Medicaid Extension to Improve Maternal Health

By Chelsea Cirruzzo

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of pregnancy-related deaths occur in the year after giving birth. Suzanne Wikle, project director for advancing strategies for aligning programs at the Center for Law and Social Policy, writes in a blog post that while Medicaid alone might not eliminate disparities in maternal health, "Medicaid has a role to play here – a significant role that can quickly leverage existing systems to provide needed health care in the postpartum period," particularly for mothers of color.

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