Thursday, March 16, 2023

Governor Signs Postpartum Coverage Bill

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

Governor Tate Reeves today signed Senate Bill 2212 which extends postpartum care from two to 12 months for mothers on Medicaid in Mississippi.
Governor Reeves made the following statement:
“Last year, Mississippi led the way to the single greatest conservative victory in a generation – the overturning of Roe v. Wade. This watershed moment in history was a monumental victory that will save the lives of millions of babies for generations.
“But while the overturning of Roe is something every pro-life American can be proud of, winning a court case was never our true objective. Rather, it was about building a culture of life throughout our state and our nation. It was about saving lives and it was about tipping the scales toward life.
“Today in Mississippi, we have turned our attention to furthering our new pro-life agenda, and delivering the support moms and babies need. As I’ve said before, our new pro-life agenda will not be easy, and it will not be free. And there’s little doubt that we’re going to face some difficult choices along the way. But if there’s one thing we should all agree on, it’s that we must do everything in our power to lower barriers for expectant moms to bring new babies into the world and to choose life.
“Today, Mississippi will take another step to accomplish that goal. Since the very early days of my term as Governor, CMS has required 12 months of postpartum Medicaid coverage for all those expectant moms enrolled in the program. In fact, in Mississippi, we have had presumed eligibility for Medicaid for those moms for much longer than that. Senate Bill 2212 becomes law today and will continue that 12 months of postpartum Medicaid coverage for Mississippi’s neediest moms, all without adding additional people to Medicaid’s rolls.
“When Mississippi started the fight to overturn Roe, pro-abortion advocates never gave us a chance at succeeding. Now, they’re counting us out when it comes to delivering the support moms need to raise healthy babies. Mississippi will once again prove the pro-abortion advocates wrong – but only if we don’t quit our pro-life fight now that Roe has been struck down.
“I’ve been against Medicaid expansion since it was first proposed by Barack Obama. I still am. And, as what many would call the leading advocate (along with Speaker Gunn) fighting against Obamacare expansion, I have plenty of scars to show for it. In 2019, the media and politicians loved to attack me for saying we don’t need to put hundreds of thousands more Mississippians on Medicaid. They’ll do it again this election year. That’s usually proof that you’re on the right track. They’ll still find a way to attack me for this, because they hate conservatives. 
“I believe continuing to offer care for new moms for up to 12 months after the birth of their baby is the right thing to do. This is one more thing that we can do to tip the scales in favor of life. And that has to be our priority. It is for those reasons that I signed SB2212 (continuing 12 months of postpartum care for new moms) into law today.”
Governor Reeves called for the legislation and signaled his intent to sign it on February 26, 2023. Approximately 65% of new births in Mississippi involve mothers who are on Medicaid.
For the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Mothers have had this extended care opportunity. This legislation will ensure continued care once that public health emergency ends.
Senate Bill 2212 can be read in full here.


Anonymous said...

It’s just more free money-

Anonymous said...

I work ten hours a day, six days a week so that these recipents have these free benefits.

Anonymous said...

First, let me say I don't care one way or the other about this law.

I still challenge Reeves, his writers or anybody else to state what it is about Roe that triggered a need to increase post partum care.

If it makes medical sense to increase post partum care from 2 to 12 months, that need existed with or without a challenge to Roe.

So, dare we suggest this is simply another lap around the track of political posturing?

And that same political posturing applies to the sponsors, co-signers and all who vote for the final bill.

Anonymous said...

You don’t have to have a “law” to require people to care for their children. If you disagree, please respond.

Anonymous said...

7:13 - What about post-partum doctor visits for a mother relates to 'caring for children'?

You asked for responses.

Anonymous said...

I can't get past the reasoning that this largely encourages and further condones illegitimate, irresponsible and stray reproduction.

Unknown said...

If the fourth post-partum visit leads to a discussion of tube-tying, it's been worth it.

Anonymous said...

7:13, I think you’re confused. The law doesn’t “require” mothers, fathers, parents, grandparents, or anyone else to take care of children. The law extends Medicaid insurance coverage for mothers from out two months beyond delivery to out to twelve months after delivery.

I’m going to try to explain it another way. Medicaid is a form of medical coverage/insurance. It currently pays for women to get care from their doctors/obstetricians for two months after the delivery of their child/end of their pregnancy. When this new law goes into effect, that coverage period will go from two months to twelve months. Got it?

Anonymous said...

Now if the politicians can recruit more OBGYNs to take Medicaid that would help reduce maternal fatalities. Many private docs don’t take it for various reasons and the patients have limited access to care hence higher post maternal complications.

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