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Health Agencies Update
May 25, 2021

Improving Maternal Health

JAMA. 2021;325(20):2038. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.7584

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced measures to improve maternal health.

Illinois became the first state to extend Medicaid coverage for beneficiaries during the entire first year after delivering a baby. Nationwide, 55% of those with Medicaid coverage at delivery experience a coverage gap in the first 6 months afterward, compared with 35% of those with private insurance at delivery, according to a recent data brief. A third of maternal deaths occur in the first year after childbirth, and Black people are at least twice as likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White people.