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Alabama & Georgia Moms Are Getting More Support: What does the Medicaid Expansion Mean for You?

"Medicaid extension throws postpartum parents a lifeline! Post-partum disruptions like losing health care coverage or not having consistent access to a primary care provider can lead to worse health outcomes, including preventable death. And these tragic statistics are worse in Black and brown communities, and are a grim reminder of the influence of systemic racism in U.S. health care. Black women have died due to pregnancy and childbirth at disproportionate rates for years, steadily increasing since 2018. In 2020, Black women accounted for 55.3 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births – nearly three times the rate of white women, according to the CDC."

Continued reference from Laura Santhanam, PBS News Hour (April 8, 2022):

A new provision guarantees access to health care via Medicaid for residents of some states during one of the most vulnerable times in their lives – the months following childbirth.

Four out of 10 births in the U.S. a